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How to Apply for Ration Card in Jammu and Kashmir

We are going to cover all the aspects related to Ration Card issued in India in this article. A special focus will be on Ration Card in Jammu & Kashmir and various other terms and FAQs related to Ration Cards.

All that you ever wanted to know about the ration card list village wise, new ration card status and how to apply for Ration Card in Jammu and Kashmir you will find in this detailed post. Read on.

What is a Ration Card?

A ration card is a bonafide document issued by the State Government to avail the essential commodities at a very subsidized rates to its citizens. The essential commodities include Wheat Grains, Atta (Flour), Rice, Sugar and Kerosene Oil which are distributed through Government Approved Fair Price Shops (FPS).

The ration card in Jammu & Kashmir is issued by the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department or CAPD.

What are the Uses of Ration Card?

Ration Card is primarily used to avail the essential commodities provided by the Government at a subsidized rate.

It also acts as an important document of identity of a person as all the Ration Card Details of an entire family are entered in it.

Let’s try to list the various uses of Ration Card in our day to day life. Here is a list of services that can be obtained on providing Ration Card

  • Food from Fair Price Shops
  • Obtaining Passport
  • Obtaining Driving License
  • Enrollment in Voters List
  • Opening of Bank Accounts
  • Obtaining LPG Connection
  • Obtaining Aadhar Card
  • E Railway and Air Tickets
  • Obtaining State Subject Certificate
  • Registration of Land

While there are many other Government services where Ration Card acts as an important Identification Card; we tried to list a few of them above.

Government of India passed a very important Act with respect to providing food and nutritional security to its citizens called as National Food Safety Act 2013. Let’s get into the details of NFSA Act 2013

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What is NFSA Act 2013?

The objective of NFSA is to provide food and nutritional security in the Human Cycle by ensuring adequate quality of quantity food reaches the citizens of India at an affordable price to live a life with dignity.

National Food Security Act was passed by the Parliament of India on 10 September 2013.

Important points to know under NFSA Act 2013

  • Every person under the eligible priority household has the Right to receive 5 kg of food grains per person per month at subsidized rates.
  • Every pregnant and lactating mother to be given free meal in Anganwadi Centers during pregnancy and up to six months after the birth of the child.
  • Maternity benefit of Rs. 6000 after the birth of child.
  • Free meal will be provided to the children from the age group of 6 months upto 6 years.
  • One free Mid-Day meal to be provided to the children between the age group of 6 to 14 years or upto class 8th.
  • The eldest woman of the household who has attained the age of 18 years will be the head of the household for the purpose of issue of Ration Card.

For detailed Gazette of India on NFSA Act 2013 visit https://www.egazette.nic.in/WriteReadData/2013/E_29_2013_429.pdf

Now let us talk about the NFSA act in J&K

The National Food Security Act 2013 or NFSA Act in J&K was implemented from 1st Feb 2016 in J&K with the objective to provide food grains at subsidized rates.

Now, you might be thinking why am I bringing the NFSA 2013 again as we already discussed it.

Here’s the catch.

What is Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES)?

MMSFES was started in the honor of former Chief Minister of J&K Mr. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. This scheme provides additional 5 kgs of food grains per person over the prescribed scale of NFSA, 2013 identified under the eligible household.

The benefit of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme will be provided to the family comprising of 1 to 6 members. The MMSFES came into effect from 1st July 2016.

The beneficiaries under the MMSFES will get Rice at Rs.15/kg, Wheat at Rs.12/kg and Atta at Rs.13/kg.

While searching for Ration Cards you might have come across the terms like BPL Ration Card, APL Ration Card, AAY Ration Card, PHH Ration Card and NPHH Ration Card inscribed on the Ration Cards of your friends or relatives. Let us get into details of what these abbreviations means in the next section.

Types of Ration Cards?

There are two types of Ration Cards

  • PHH
  • NPHH

What is PHH Ration Card?

PHH stands for Priority Household. AAY, BPL and PHH ration cards are three categories of ration cards which fall under the Priority Household Ration Card category.

PHH ration card holder gets the ration at a subsidized rate approved by the State Government.

Here is the table below to help you better understand the types of ration card that comes under the PHH category.


What is NPHH Ration Card?

NPHH stands for Non Priority Household. NPHH Ration Card holder does not get the ration at subsidized rate.

What is APL Ration Card?

APL stands for Above Poverty Line. The APL Ration Card has been replaced by NPHH Ration Card under the NFSA Act 2013

What is BPL Ration Card?

BPL Ration Card or Below Poverty Line Ration Card is allotted to those who earn less than Rs. 27,000 per annum.

What is AAY Ration Card?

AAY is Antyodaya Anna Yojna (अंत्योदय अन्न योजना)

AAY Ration Card is issued to those who earn Rs. 250/month. The beneficiaries of this type of Ration Card are the poorest of the poor section of the society who have no source of income.

What is the meaning of Antyodaya?

Antyodaya is a concept introduced by Acharya Vinoba Bhave. It was the Gandhiji’s Sarvodaya concept that was taken forward by Acharya to uplift the downtrodden section of the society. While Sarvodaya meant the rise and well being of all or Equality of All, the Antoyadaya meaning is elevating the destitute. Sarvodaya is a broader concept and Antyodaya is an element of the Sarvodaya.

Now let’s Unlock the Antyodaya pronunciation. It is the combination of two Sanskrit words which are Ant plus Uday. Ant means Finished and Uday means Rising. Hence, Antyodaya means the Rise of the Finished.

The AAY Ration Card holders account for around 5% of the population of India who can not afford to buy Ration even at the BPL rates let alone from outside the Fair Price Shops. 

How to apply for Ration Card in Jammu and Kashmir?

Here is the list of documents required for Ration Card in Jammu and Kashmir

  • Application to Tehsildar for Issuance of Ration Card
  • Chuhla Chowkidari Report
  • Copy of Aadhar Card
  • Lumbardar/ Chowkidar Report
  • Patwari Halqa Report

You can download the Application form for Ration Card in Jammu and Kashmir below.

What is the time frame to obtain Ration Card in Jammu and Kashmir under Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Guarantee Act, 2011?

New Ration Cards in Jammu and Kashmir are to be issued in 30 Days.

Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department, Jammu and Kashmir is bound to provide services within stipulated timeframe under Public Service Guarantee Act 2011 which are:

  • Surrender Certificate/Duplicate Ration Card is to be issued in 7 Days.
  • Inclusion of New Born Child in Ration Card to be completed within 7 days.
  • Transfer of Ration Card to another FPS to be completed in 15 days.

How to check Ration Card Status online in Jammu and Kashmir?

The search results for Ration Card Status in Jammu and Kashmir can be checked online at

The details of Ration Card Jammu and Ration Card Srinagar are provided at this portal under their respective Municipal areas. However, you have to have the knowledge of the FPS code or owner name of your Fair Price Shop to access the ration card report along with family details.

District wise detail of all the ration card in Jammu and Kashmir is provided on the portal. A consumer can check ration card status online down to each village of a Tehsil in J&K.

Grievance Redressal of Public Distribution System

You can post complaints regarding Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department previously known as Food and Supplies Department at their portal on feastjk.gov.in/jkgrams/

Ration Card Complaint Jammu and Kashmir
Grivance Redressal Portal of Conusmer Affairs and Public Distribution

How to post complaint regarding CAPD Department online?

  • Go to feast.gov.in/jkgrams/
  • Click on Lodge your Grievances
  • Fill the online form in the next step
  • Click on Submit.
Ration Card Online Complaint Form J&K
Ration Card Online Complaint Form for Jammu and Kashmir

You can also complaint regarding Ration Card on their toll free numbers available 24×7.

Helpline Numbers of CAPD

  • Jammu – 1800-180-7106 or 1967
  • Kashmir – 1800-180-7011

Technological Advancement in Public Distribution System called Ann Vitran

Ann Vitran is a very great initiative taken by the Government of India to ensure the transparency in the distribution of food grains at the Fair Price Shops and to reimburse the subsidy to the real beneficiary using the bio metric authentication like Aadhar.

The food grains can also be availed cashless using the Aadhar biometric authentication. It helps in knowing the availability and distribution of food grains at FPS in real time.

Can we apply online for Ration Card in Jammu and Kashmir?

At present, you can not apply for Ration Card in Jammu and Kashmir online. The whole process of application is executed offline.

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