NOTE: For those living in Bangalore (Urban), it is now possible to apply for a Ration Card online via the Karnataka Food & Civil Supplies Department’s website. Click here for instructions to apply for a Ration Card online.
A lot of people are keen to know the procedure to obtain a Ration Card in Bangalore. The procedure is outlined here, and is simple but can be a little time consuming depending on the specific office where you apply.
To apply for a Ration Card, follow the below steps:
1. Get your name deleted from your ration card in your native place (if applicable) and get a Surrender Certificate.
For this, you have to visit the Food & Civil Supplies office in your native place. You need not go there personally – even your parents can do it on your behalf. If your name was never added to your family ration card, then approach the municipal office in your native place and get a letter certifying that you don’t have a ration card there.
2. Based on your area of residence in Bangalore, approach the nearest Food & Civil Supplies Dept. office.
Karnataka Food & Civil Supplies (FCS) Dept. offices:
No. 4, Opp. RNR Catering Services, 5th Main Road, Chamarajpet, Bangalore – 560018
Corporation Building, Near RBANMS College, St John’s Road, Bangalore – 560042
No. 3, Near Malleswaram Police Station, Vyalikaval Extension, 11th C Cross, Bangalore – 560003
No. 101, Bellary Road, Ganganagar, Bangalore – 560032
3rd Floor, Mohan Building, Opp. Visveswaraiah Museum, Kasturba Road, Bangalore – 560001
No. 16/I, Vasanth Nagar, Miller Tank Bund Road, Bangalore – 560052
Phone: +91-80-22260932, 22200660, 22260752, 22353423, 22096557
Commissioner’s office, Dept. of Food & Civil Supplies:
No. 8, Sahakari Building, Near Chandrika Hotel, Cunningham Road, Bangalore – 560052
Phone: +91-80-22262187, 22267205, 22264062
If you’re not sure about the correct FCS office, call one of the offices first to confirm which office your area of residence comes under (better to ask in Kannada, or get a localite to ask them).
3. Go to the appropriate office with the following documents:
- Copy of address proof (such as rent agreement, BSNL phone bill, latest property tax paid receipt for own house in Bangalore, etc.)
- Copy of identity proof (such as Passport, PAN card, Driving License, etc.), one for each family member
- Surrender Certificate(s) or the municipal letter, whichever is applicable
You need to pay Rs. 10 and get an application form. It will be in Kannada, but you may fill it in English too. So in case you don’t know Kannada, get it filled by someone else or take a localite friend along. You may also refer to this translated form which tells you what to fill in which section (leave the untranslated sections blank).
Fill the form and submit it. If the officer asks you the purpose of applying, tell him it’s for applying for a LPG connection.
4. Wait for the Food Inspector to come to your residence for inspection.
This should happen in about a week or so. Note that for some people, the Ration Card is given on the spot without any inspection being conducted. So it seems to be on a case by case basis.
5. Once the inspection is done, call them again and ask when you should come to get the Ration Card.
On the appointed date, go there and take your form from the person to whom you submitted it, and go to the computer room. There you need to pay Rs. 45 as charges for making the Ration Card. The operator will then enter your details into their software, take your picture with a webcam, and will give you an original color print-out of the Ration Card. You then need to go to another desk where a person will laminate it for you.
Here the process is complete. Things at the Food & Civil Supplies offices usually move fast (at least in the Chamrajpet office) and most of the officers are straightforward.
For me, it took two weeks from the time of applying to get the Ration Card. In between, a Food Inspector from their office came to my house to verify that we’re staying there. He was straightforward, and we didn’t need to pay any bribe.
P.S. Let me know there are if any updates, or if I need to include any additional information.
UPDATE: February 2011
In an effort to weed out bogus LPG connections and Ration Cards, the Govt. of Karnataka has currently stopped issuing new Ration Cards.
Additionally, the Govt. has asked all LPG consumers to submit copies of their Ration Card, LPG Consumer Number and BESCOM Electricity Bill either directly to the FCS Dept. or to their respective LPG retailer. Refer to this blog post for details.
You can upload scanned copies of the above documents at this link: http://web5.kar.nic.in/fcslpg/
Upon submission, you will be shown an acknowledgement page. Save a copy of it for reference.
You can check the verification status of your Ration Card at this link: http://ahara.kar.nic.in/status1/
In case of any doubts, you can call the Food & Civil Supplies Dept. at 1800-425-9339 (toll-free) for details. You may also refer to this FAQ for help.
UPDATE: October 2011
After completing the process of identifying and removing bogus Ration Cards, the Govt. of Karnataka has now restarted the process of issuing new Ration Cards.
Additionally, for those living Bangalore (Urban), it is now possible to apply for a Ration Card online via the Karnataka Food & Civil Supplies (FCS) Department’s website. Those living in rural areas will, however, continue to follow the process outlined here.
For detailed steps on how to apply for a Ration Card online, see this blog post.