Hurry! Link Ration card to Aadhaar card before 30th September.

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Link Ration card to Aadhaar card before 30th September. Hurry up else you will be in trouble. Ration Card, Aadhaar Card Linking Deadline Extended Till September 2020.

Ration card holders may face trouble. The government has recently made it clear that rations cards which are not linked to Aadhaar cards will not be cancelled. The deadline to link ration cards and Aadhaar card is now extended to September 2020. This means that you will continue to get your entitled quota of food grains even if your ration card and Aadhaar card is not yet linked. You now have time until September this year to get them both linked.

How to link Ration card with Aadhar card?

If you have not linked your ration card with your Aadhaar card yet, or know someone who might need this information, we have mentioned simple steps to link Aadhaar with ration card via online mode:

  • Go the website of Aadhaar – UIDAI webpage. Click on the ‘Start Now’ option.
  • Proceed further and enter details about your address – district and state.
  • Select the benefit type as ‘Ration Card’ from the list of available options. Click and choose the scheme name as ‘Ration Card’.
  • Enter your ration card number, the Aadhaar number, e-mail address, and a valid mobile number.
  • You will receive a one-time password (OTP) to your mobile number and the same has to be entered in the form online.
  • Enter the OTP, after which you will get a notification which will appear informing about the completion of your application process
  • Once this is done, then your application will be verified and after the successful verification, your Aadhaar card will be linked to your ration card.

The government has also begun the implementation of the inter-state portability of ration card-holders to make sure poor and migrant beneficiaries will not have to suffer.

To clarify the matters, The Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution, in its statement mentioned that no ration cards under public distribution system (PDS) will be cancelled or name of the ration card holders/beneficiaries be deleted on the ground of not possessing an Aadhaar card number till September 30, 2020.

Many reports were floating around the cancellation of ration cards of those who have not linked it with their Aadhaar number. But this announcement of government will make the matter clear to the masses. All beneficiaries will get access to food.

The ministry has issued a clear set of instructions to all states and union territories (UTs) that no genuine beneficiary should be denied from the entitled quota of food grains fixed by the government. “Their ration cards or names should not be cancelled only because they don’t have an Aadhaar card/number,” as per the statement of ministry.

Further, instructions on this matter have been issued that food grains coming under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) will not be denied because of the failure of Aadhaar authentication of the beneficiary resulting from poor biometrics of the beneficiary, issues with connectivity/ network/ linking or any such technical reasons.

Under the NFSA, the Central government provides 5 kg of food grains at the price of ₹2-3 per kg per person per month to around 80 crore people. This is a highly subsidised price at which the government provides food grains to the needy. To deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide relief to poor people during the lockdown, the Centre has announced that a person can get an additional 5 kg of food grains per month for free. This food scheme is valid for three months until June 2020. This is to make sure there is the availability of food for every household during this time of national crisis.

Referring to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the government said a pragmatic approach is required now so that no poor or deserving person or household is denied access to food quota. In order to protect their rights, in due course of time ration cards and Aadhaar numbers are going to be linked. 

As per the present data, nearly 90% of all the 23.5 crore ration cards are already linked with the Aadhaar numbers of ration card holders (at least for one member of their family). Approximately 85% of all 80 crore beneficiaries have also linked their Aadhaar card number with their respective ration cards.

Under the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ proposal, the government has also begun the work of implementation of the inter-state portability of NFSA ration card-holders. This move will protect the interest of poor and migratory beneficiaries. As per the statement given to the press by government: “To make a seamless transactions process of inter-state portability of a ration card, it is important to have a centralised repository somewhere for maintaining unique ration cards/beneficiaries’ data of all UTs and states covered under the NFSA.”

Linking Aadhaar cards with ration cards is important. It will help the government preparing a unique record of every eligible ration card holder so that the beneficiaries’ entitlement is protected.

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