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Ration Card Aadhaar Link

Link Aadhaar to Ration Card 2021

Last Updated 23rd Jan 2021

  • Ration Card is an official government document to avail food at subsidized rates and also serves as an identity and address proof.
  • It is mandatory to link your Aadhaar with a ration card till 30th September 2020.
  • You can link your ration card with Aadhaar card through both online and offline modes.
  • To link your ration card online visit the official website of your state’s PDS portal.
  • Linking your Aadhaar with a ration card ensures that no individual gets multiple ration cards.
  • You need to submit a copy of your Aadhaar, ration card, photograph of the head of family and Aadhaar copy of your family members to link your ration card with aadhaar.

Linking Aadhaar Card To Ration Card

Ration Card is one of the oldest documents that acts as a proof of identity and address and can also be used to avail various benefits of government subsidies. While the government distributes subsidized food to people below the poverty line and the same can be availed through a ration card. On the contrary, it is quite often seen that the food does not reach the eligible people. Thus, to prevent any duplicates and to ensure that likely people avail these benefits, the government has made it mandatory to link the Aadhaar card with your Ration Card till 30th September 2020. Individuals can link their Aadhaar and Ration card through both online and offline modes.

Offline Process to Link Aadhaar card and Ration Card

To link your Aadhaar with Ration Card through offline mode, you need to follow the below-mentioned procedure.

  • Firstly, visit the nearest PDS (Public Distribution Centre) or Ration Shop. You need to carry all the essential documents including photocopies of your Ration Card, copies of Aadhaar Card of all your family members and a passport size photograph of the head of the family.
  • If your bank account is not linked with Aadhaar, you also need to submit a copy of your bank passbook.
  • The authority at the PDS or ration shop will ask for fingerprint authentication in case of first-time Aadhaar authentication.
  • Finally, submit all these documents mentioned above along with a copy of your Aadhaar.
  • On providing the required documents, you will receive an SMS notification on your registered mobile number, and you receive another update as the Aadhar and Ration card is successfully linked.

Online Process to Link an Aadhaar Card with a Ration Card

You can also link an Aadhaar card with your ration card online through the below-mentioned steps.

  • Firstly, visit the official website of your state’s PDS portal.
  • Now, enter your ration card number and Aadhaar number.
  • Next, enter your registered mobile number and click on the submit button.
  • Finally, enter the OTP sent to your registered mobile number in the space provided to submit your request for linking Aadhaar with Ration Card.

Documents Required to link Aadhaar and Ration Card

Citizens need to submit the following documents to link their Aadhaar and Ration Card.

  • Passport size photograph of the head of the family.
  • Photocopy of Aadhaar Card of family members and head of the family.
  • Photocopy of Ration Card along with the original certificate.
  • Copy of bank passbook ( If the bank account is not linked with Aadhaar Card)

Benefits of Linking Ration Card and Aadhaar

These are the benefits of linking ration cards and Aadhaar.

  • Individuals must link their ration card with Aadhaar to ensure that families do not obtain multiple ration cards and thus avoid any duplicate fake cards.
  • With the biometric-enabled distribution system, it is easy to prevent any fraudulent activities and to reduce the fake cardholders who are availing the food subsidies under the PDS (Public Distribution System).
  • Along, with that, the transparent medium makes it easy to identify and eliminate corrupt middlemen, thus improving the efficiency of the entire distribution system.
  • Further, the linking of Ration Card and Aadhaar will prevent leakage of PDS ration.


How can I know if my ration card is linked to an Aadhaar card?

To know if your ration card is linked to an aadhaar card, visit the nearest PDS(Public Distribution Centre) or ration shop along with a copy of your ration card and aadhaar. The concerned person will ask you to submit your biometrics to verify if your Aadhaar and ration card is linked.

Is it mandatory to link an Aadhaar card with a ration card?

Yes, as per the government notification it is mandatory to link your Aadhaar card with a ration card. This is done to prevent any kind of duplicity and to ensure that eligible families do not get deprived of the benefits of ration cards by eliminating holding of multiple ration cards by a single-family.

Which is the official Aadhaar linking website?

There is no official Aadhaar linking website for ration cards. To link your aadhaar with a ration card, you need to visit the official website of your state’s PDS portal.

How can I update my KYC in ration card?

To update any information such as, name of the head of the family, adding a family member or updating your mobile number, you need to visit the official website of the state’s PDS portal and then enter the required details which need to be updated.

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