Himachal Pradesh Ration Card apply

The Himachal Pradesh Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Department issues a multi-purpose legal document known as a Himachal Pradesh Ration Card. The user of a ration card is entitled to certain government benefits in Himachal Pradesh. The purpose of the new ration card is to eliminate duplicate ration cards and ensure that all eligible recipients in Himachal Pradesh are covered. The procedure for obtaining a Himachal Pradesh Ration Card is detailed in this article.

Ration card

A ration card is a legally required document that serves as a confirmation of identity. The government of Himachal Pradesh provides a subsidy for vital food goods and commodities to all parts of society, with three pulses, two edible oils, and iodized salt distributed to each ration cardholder.

Himachal Pradesh Ration Card Eligibility Criteria 

The following are the eligibility requirements for an applicant in Himachal Pradesh who wants to apply for a ration card:

  • The applicant must be an Indian citizen.

  • The applicant's family must be Indian citizens.

  • At the time of applying for a new card, the person should not have any ration cards registered to his or her name.

  • If the applicant possesses a temporary ration card that is usually only good for three months.

  • If the ration card has been lost, disfigured, destroyed, or rendered useless or illegible by the applicant.

  • Application for a new card due to the applicant's change of residence.

  • The addition of a new family member to the ration card.

  • A new child member is added to the ration card.

Himachal Pradesh Ration Card application process

  • The procedure for applying for a Himachal Pradesh ration card is as follows:
  • The applicant must submit the application form for issuance of a ration card to the concerned office, along with the deletion certificate issued by the Panchayat Secretary, Panchayat Sahayak, Food & Supplies Officer or Inspector, or FCS&CA of the previous place of residence, along with the supporting documents.
  • In the case of employees, the application form must be attested by the Head of Office, as well as any Municipal Commissioner, Gazetted Officer, MLA, Ward Member, or other person authorised by the government for this purpose.
  • The concerned office will offer a receipt to the applicant in exchange for the application form, together with a date by which the applicant must pick up the ration card.
  • On the specified date, the applicant must present the receipt for the Ration Card collection.
  • A background check and verification of the new address indicated in the application form may be conducted by the concerned office. If all of the facts are correct, the office will issue the applicant a new ration card or a modified ration card (as appropriate).
  • Other information about family members submitted in the application form will be verified by an inquiry officer. The birth certificate and original ration card must be given to the office in the case of a child's addition. The Deletion Certificate provided by the prior authorization, along with the application form and the existing ration card in which the member is to be added, must be attached in the case of marriage.
  • The ration card will be issued if everything is in order, or the office will reject the application with acceptable reasons if it is not. On the specified date, the applicant will be informed of these reasons.

Check the status of the Himachal Pradesh Ration Card online

To verify the status of a ration card application in Himachal Pradesh, an applicant must complete the steps outlined below.

  • Visit the Himachal Pradesh ePDS Transparency Portal's official website https://epds.co.in/.

  • Choose your favourite language and then select the ‘Application Status' option from the webpage's main menu.

  • You'll be sent to a new page where you'll be asked to input your reference number, which can be found on the receipt you received when you submitted the application form.

  • Click the ‘Submit' button after entering the reference number.

  • The application's status in respect to the reference number you gave will be displayed on the next screen.

Himachal Pradesh Ration Card download

The state government's smart ration cards will be made available on the official ePDS Transparency Portal. The website allows applicants to download and print a digital copy of their ration card directly from the website. To obtain a ration card, a user must follow the processes outlined below:

  • Visit the Himachal Pradesh ePDS Transparency Portal's official website https://epds.co.in/.

  • A menu bar can be found on the left side of the web page.

  • In the menu bar, look for the FPS Ration Card option and select it.

  • Select the ‘Print Ration Card' option from the submenu.

  • You'll be sent to a new section of the website. 

  • In this part, you must choose an input type from the drop-down menu.

  • Select ‘Aadhaar' or ‘Ration Card ID' from the ‘Select Input Type' area based on your preference.

  • Fill in the required information in the field next to it. You can either input your 12-digit Aadhaar number or the HP-XXXXX-XXXX format of your ration card ID.

  • To get the results, click the ‘Search' button.

  • To download or print the file, go to the bottom of the displayed ration card and select the print option.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I get the application form for the ration card?

For the issuing of a Himachal Pradesh Ration Card, you must submit a completely completed Form-II application. You can get a physical copy of a form from one of the nearest offices, or you can download it from the Department of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs of Himachal Pradesh's official website at https://food.hp.nic.in/. It comes in two languages: Hindi and English.

In Himachal Pradesh, how long does it generally take to get a ration card?

In the receipt itself, the projected date of ration card issuance is stated. This time frame, however, may change. A ration card in Himachal Pradesh normally takes a week or less to be issued under normal circumstances. This is determined by the date on which the application form, along with all other required documents, is submitted.

Are there any charges associated with the issuance of ration cards?

The issue of ration cards is subject to a small cost.

What is the cost of obtaining a new ration card?

For the issue of a new ration card, a cost of Rs.5 is charged.

What is the cost of obtaining a duplicate ration card?

For the issuance of a duplicate ration card, a cost of Rs.5 is charged.