Your ration card may get cancelled

There have been cases of ration cards being cancelled in different parts of India in the recent past. Why will a ration card be revoked? When asked for reasons for cancellation, there are different reasons that are provided by the authorities. The explanations are legitimate and it is difficult to dismiss them. Read through to understand why a card can be cancelled.

Ration Card

In the current “One Country, One Ration Card” scheme, ration cards may be cancelled after three months if they have not been used to allow use of food grains and other food products.

The nine states that have introduced the ‘One Ration, One Ration Card’ scheme are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.

The ‘One Country, One Ration Card’ scheme was published by the Centre in May and it came into effect in June. The scheme is composed of 67 crore beneficiaries in 23 states, with 83 percent of the PDS population accessible by August 2020 and 100 percent accessible by March 2021.

In compliance with the National Food Security Act, 2013, about 81 crore individuals are entitled to buy subsidised food grains. Rice at Rs 3/kg, wheat at Rs 2/kg, and coarse grains at Re 1/kg-from their allocated Targeted Public Distribution System Fair Price Shops (FPS) (TPDS).

The details on the ration card also offers substantial evidence of the individual’s identity and residency and is widely used as proof of identity when applying for a home certificate, birth certificate, voter ID card, etc. Ration cards are mainly used when buying food that is subsidised (wheat, rice, sugar and kerosene).

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