What is it: A ration card is issued under the authority of the state government, as per the public distribution system, enabling people to make purchases of essentials at discounted price from fair price shops.
- A ration card is a very vital document for an Indian citizen.
- Apart from providing essential goods at a subsidized rate, it also is a proof of residence and citizenship.
- It is also a must to get a passport, bank account, trade license, driving license, issue a card of employment exchange.
- It acts as an important tool for identification while applying for other certificates like the Domicile Certificate, Voters ID Card.
How to get it: For new ration card, contact your local Food and Civil Supplies department on any working days (i.e Monday-Friday) to obtain the application form for making a new consumer (Ration) card.
Note: You can also download the application form from the website of the Food and Supplies Department, Government of West Bengal. (weblink: http://www.wbfood.gov.in/rationing.php)
Documents that are required are as follows:
- Passport sized photographs of the head of the family attested by a gazette officer/MLA/MP/Municipal Councillor,
- Voter identity card,
- A Rs. 2 worth of court fee stamp,
- The surrender/ Deletion Certificate of the previous Ration Card, if there was any,
- Specified proofs of residence.
- Any one of the following documents as residential proof:
- Receipt of tax payment
- Document of rent agreement
- Gas bill
- Bank passbook
- Electricity bill
- Telephone bill
- Letter mailed by post office in your house
In case you are not able to provide any proof of residence, the circle FSO conducts spot inquiries by recording the statements of two independent witnesses in your neighbourhood.
If a new born baby’s name is to be enlisted in the family ration card, then
- Go to Food and Commodities section of District collector Office
- Collect application form
- Indicate your relationship with your baby in the form
Additionally, the following documents are required along with the application form:
- Birth certificate of new born baby
- Your marriage certificate
- Parents’ ration card of your child, that is, you and your husband/wife’s ration card.
In the existing ration card, if you want to make any corrections, you need to fill up a form (available at http://www.wbfood.gov.in/rationing.php) and apply to the rationing officer of your locality with relevant documents.
In case of change of address outside the Sub area, you must obtain a surrender certificate given by the previous ration office, get the ration cards cancelled from the Ration Office of issue and apply for a fresh ration card with the rationing officer of the changed area.
If you have lost your ration card, then file a diary with the police, fill up a form (available at http://www.wbfood.gov.in/rationing.php) and contact your local Food and Civil Supplies department with all documents.
Note: Please carry all the documents with the hard copy of the application form (if downloaded from the website) both in original and photocopies. Normally it takes 15 days for a Ration Card to be issued.
BPL, AAY and Annapurna ration cards are issued by the Rationing Officer on the basis of lists prepared by Panchayat and Rural Development Deptt. / Municipal Affairs Department.
Apart from Ration Cards being issued to individuals, such Cards are also issued to the Social Welfare Institution / NGOs on receipt of the following:-
- Prayer / Application
- Residential Proof
- Certificate from Social Welfare Department
- List of Inmates with supporting documents
- Source of Income.
Grievances: You can complain about any problem regarding collection of ration by dint of ‘public cell’ through an application or addressing – To, The Director, Public Grievance & Assistance Office, Khadya Bhavan, 11A Free School Street, Calcutta – 700 087.
Area Office throughout Calcutta
(I) Deputy Director of Rationing/Initial Area II :
|(1) Shyampukur Shed no.- 14||11A, Free School Street, Calcutta – 87|
|(2) Maniktala II Shed no. – 6||11A, Free School Street, Calcutta – 87|
|(3) Jorasanko Shed no. – 6||11A, Free School Street, Calcutta – 87|
|(4) Burrabazar Shed no. – 6||11A, Free School Street, Calcutta – 87|
|(5) Park Street||50, Rippon Street, Calcutta – 16.|
|(6) Muchipara||70E, Ananda Palit Road, Calcutta – 14.|
|(7) Beliaghata||P-20, Beliaghata Main Road, Calcutta – 85.|
|(8) Maniktala II||224, A.P.C. Road, Calcutta.|
|(9) Chitpur||224, A.P.C. Road, Calcutta.|
|(10) Amherst Street||116 Vivekananda Road, Calcutta – 6.|
|(11) Cossipore||5 K.C. Road, Calcutta – 2|
|(12) Burrabazar||3 Baipuntha Sen Lane, Burrabazar, Calcutta.|
(II) Deputy Director of Rationing/Initial Area I :
|(1) Bhawanipore||51B, Kali Temple Road, Calcutta – 16|
|(2) Wartgunge||52B, Kali Temple Road, Calcutta – 26.|
|(3) Behala West||15A, S,M. Roy Road, Calcutta – 38.|
|(4) Garden Reach||B-193 Garden Reach, Calcutta – 24|
|(5) Tollygunge||145, Regent Park, Calcutta – 40.|
|(6) Jadavpur||40A, Southand Park, Calcutta – 29.|
|(7) Haltu||CIT Complex, Jadavpur.|
|(8) Ballygunge||24 Hindustan Park, Calcutta – 29.|
|(9) Behala East||P-656 Tollygunge Circular Road, Cal – 53.|
|(10) Beniapukur||5/10C Rifle Range Road, Cal – 19.|
|(11) New Alipore||12, Peary Mohan, Calcutta – 27.|