The Government of Karnataka has, once again and hopefully for the last time, revamped the online Ration Card application process and linked it to the Aadhaar card. This blog post explains the process to apply online for a Ration Card using the new portal.
Application Process for New Ration Card
Go to the Karnataka Food & Civil Supplies website (http://ahara.kar.nic.in/home.aspx) and click on e-Services. On the next page, select e-Ration Card > New Ration Card (APL) from the menu on the left to bring up the application form.
On the application form, select “New Ration Card Request” (or resume a previously started application process by selecting “Edit Saved Request” and enter your Aadhaar number in the text field. Once entered, click on “Go” and select OTP verification for the Aadhaar number.
Once verified, you will be able to see your name and other details on the form as per your records in the Aadhaar database. Next, you can click on “Add” to add your family members.
NOTE: In case any of the members, including the primary member, possess another Ration Card in the state of Karnataka, the portal will ask for the member’s name to be deleted from that Ration Card before it can be added to the new Ration Card.
Once you have added all the members, click on “Next Stage” to proceed to the next stage where address and phone number verification will take place. But before that, note down the application number that will be displayed at the top. This will be necessary for future reference as well as to resume your application if you stop midway.
On the next page, select your current residential address from the options given on the next page. The addresses will be pulled from the Aadhaar entries of the members, and any of the addresses can be chosen as the current address to proceed. Also select any one mobile number from the list for communication purposes. Lastly, click on “Next Stage”.
Next, based on the address chosen, the district and taluk will be automatically selected. You need to select the Fair Price shop from which you will be drawing the rations. This is a requirement to proceed further and you must select the shop in your neighbourhood even if you do not intend to draw rations. Based on the shop selected, you will be prompted to select the city and ward details from the list. Lastly, again click on “Next stage”.
Finally, the head of family must be chosen from among the members. If any adult female(s) is/are among the members, only she/any of them can be chosen as the head of the family. On the next page, the relationship between the other members and the head of family must be specified. Once done, click on “Save”.
Next, you must select whether you intend to draw rations using the Ration Card or not. You must also select whether you want an official copy of the Ration Card to be delivered to your address or whether you will download and print it yourself on an A4 size paper. Both types of cards will be accepted and treated as valid. If you request for an official copy, you will need to pay Rs. 100/- to the postal officer when s/he comes to deliver the card to your house.
Lastly, click on “Proceed” to view the specimen copy of the Ration Card. Note that this is a draft and NOT the final copy.
You can now take a print-out of the displayed Ration Card and keep it with you. This is your official Ration Card. With this, the process is complete.
Application Process for Updation of Existing Ration Card
Currently, existing Ration Cards cannot be updated online via this facility. Hopefully this feature will be added shortly. Till then, you need to visit a designated Photo & Biometric Scan Service Center in your area for updation of your Ration Card. The area-wise list of Service Centers is given here (click on District name followed by Taluk name to see list of centers for your area): http://126.96.36.199/rconline/Rpt_photoCenters.aspx
You will need to carry a recent electricity bill as proof of your address. If you are adding any new family members, you will need to carry their ID proofs as well. You will be charged Rs. 20/- for the procedure.
Check Status of Your Application
You can check the status of your application on the same site by selecting e-Status > New RC Request or Amendment Request.
In case of any issues, you can contact the Food & Civil Supplies Department at toll-free number 1967 or write to any of the email IDs given here: http://ahara.kar.nic.in/contactus.html
If that doesn’t help, you can lodge a grievance here: http://188.8.131.52/pgrs_fcs_test/Grievance/Grievance.aspx
- Karnataka Food & Civil Supplies website: http://ahara.kar.nic.in/Doc/newaplrc.pdf
- Official guide for applying for e-Ration Card: http://ahara.kar.nic.in/Doc/newaplrc.pdf
- Procedure for updation of existing Ration Card: http://ahara.kar.nic.in/Doc/Direction_RC_english.pdf
- Frequently Asked Questions: http://ahara.kar.nic.in/Doc/faq_kan_rc.pdf