Ration Card – Types and Uses

Ration Card Types in India

State Governments of India issue various types of Ration Cards according to the groups divided like APL (Above Poverty Line), BPL (Below Poverty Line), High Income roup people, and Antyodaya Families as per their needs. The groups may be different according to the state.

There are 3 types of Ration Cards provided in India-

Antyodaya Ration Card-

The Antyodaya Ration Card is issued to the poorest families having no stable income. Old age men and women, unemployed people, laborers come under this category.

BPL Ration Card-

BPL Ration Card issued to the families falling under ‘Below Poverty Line’. Families having the annual income less than 10,000* (may vary from state to state), can apply for BPL Ration Card.

APL Ration Card-

APL Ration Card is issued by state government to the people falling Above Poverty Line. Everybody can apply for this Ration card, there is no limit of annual income under this category.

Colour Wise Categories-

Blue/ Pink/ Red Ration Card-

Blue Ration Cards are issued to the Families which come below the poverty line in state. The state government issues this Blue Card to citizens. Special subsidies are also given to these Blue Ration Card holders. This Card is also used to take Kerosene from Ration Shops on subsidy rates. The families having no Gas/ LPG connections can apply for Blue Ration Card.

Orange Colour Ration Card-

Orange Colour Ration Card is issued to the people coming in Above Poverty Line. Maximum Annual Income may be different by state.

Yellow Ration Card-

The people falling under below poverty line, can apply for Yellow Ration Card. The terms and conditions & eligibility may be different state by state.

* Colour may be different in different states for BPL & APL.

Temporary Ration Card-

Temporary Ration Cards can be issued to a citizen, if he/ she need it urgently. The validity of this card is a specific month or weeks. These Ration Cards are issued to the citizens for relief purpose.

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Updated: December 20, 2015 — 4:22 pm


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  1. in alangad panchayat Ernakulam dist, Kongorppilly , Karingamthuruth, chirayam, thathappilly like many places for cards fraud has been happened…if people having double story house and govt and bank or any other high income employees has been issued BPL cards….we dont know what is the criteria for this….also why some APL card holders are allowed to get rice @ 2 RS and balance with high price………….??????? Also in a house 2-3 people are working with a daily wages for more than 700 rs per person, how they will come under BPL and getting rice @ 1 Rs?????? is this a gift for vote from LDF govt or what????????

  2. Neema Devi w/o Satish chandra

    Neema Devi w/o Satish Chandra village & Post jaggi Kandai Block Agstyamuni Distt Rudraprayag BPL s.no-3179 Rashan cards no B-058 / 009633 Aadhar no 7454 1205 3997 voter Id no. ABN0205666

  3. I am a resident of Delhi. I get message on my registered mobile number that I will get Wheat, Rice and Sugar, but the ration shop owner tells me that I do not have a BPL card so my card only qualifies for Wheat. Is it true, the colour of my card is Green.

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