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The Public Distribution System (PDS) plays an important role in Rural India by providing basic food supplies to the population there. The system distributes food staples and other basic necessities to millions of people living in Rural India at subsidised rate.

The process of linking Aadhaar with Ration Card was introduced by the Government to weed out duplicate ration cards so that the subsidies reach the deserving people. These cards have also become technologically advanced and transformed into a Family Card/Smart Card, the size of any other identity card and can easily fit in your pocket or purse.

Aadhaar can be linked with your Ration Card at your nearest PDS outlet. The steps are given below

  • Please visit your nearest PDS shop/outlet
  • Submit a photocopy of the ration card, photocopies of Aadhaar card of all your family members, a passport size photo of the head of the family
  • The staff at the ration shop shall authenticate your fingerprint using the biometric fingerprint scanner
  • You will receive an SMS once the documents have been submitted
  • Upon verification, you shall receive another message about the successful linking of the Aadhaar and your Ration Card

  • Photocopy of your Ration Card along with original card for on-site verification
  • Photocopy of Aadhaar of all family members
  • Passport size photograph of the head of the family
  • Copy of bank passbook, in case bank account is not yet linked with Aadhaar

For many years, the Ration Card was being misused by miscreants to avail undue benefits that were allocated to underprivileged families. Not to shift the entire blame on them, the manual paper system, that was prevalent until a few years back, made it difficult for people moving to different cities for work to transfer their ration card to their new place of residence. This created crores of duplicate ration cards, thus, depriving millions of deserving families to avail the benefits of the Public Distribution System. Now, with the introduction of Aadhaar and their linking with Ration Card, nearly 3 crore fake or duplicate ration cards have been detected and cancelled. This has made sure that the benefits allotted for underprivileged families reaches them.

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