How to Link Aadhaar with Ration Card

How to Link Aadhaar with Ration Card

Jun 22, 2024

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You can link your Aadhaar with your ration card either offline or online. The procedures for both methods are listed below.

Aadhaar Link to Ration Card Online

To link your Aadhaar card to your ration card online, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official website of your state’s Public Distribution System (PDS) portal.

  2. Enter your Aadhaar card number, ration card number, and your registered mobile number.

  3. Click on ‘Continue’.

  4. You will receive a One Time Password (OTP) on your registered mobile number.

  5. Enter the OTP and click on the ration card Aadhaar link.

How to Link Ration Card with Aadhaar Card through SMS

Follow these steps to link your ration card with Aadhaar card through SMS:

  1. In the text field, enter "UID SEED <State Short Code> <Scheme/Program Short Code> <Scheme/Program ID> <Aadhaar Number>". For example, "UID SEED MH POSC 9876543 123478789012" to link your ration card and Aadhaar card by SMS.

  2. Send the SMS to 51969.

  3. You will receive updates on the information being received, the verification process, and the outcome of the successful Ration Card to Aadhaar linking.

Aadhaar Seeding to Ration Card Offline

Individuals who wish to link their Aadhaar card with their ration card offline can do so by following these steps:

  1. Take photocopies of the Aadhaar cards of all family members as well as a photocopy of your ration card.

  2. If you have not linked your Aadhaar card with your bank account, take a photocopy of your bank passbook.

  3. Also, take a passport-sized photograph of the head of the family and submit these documents to the ration office or Public Distribution System (PDS)/ration shop.

  4. You may be asked to give a fingerprint ID on their sensors to validate the information against the Aadhaar database.

  5. Once the documents have reached the relevant department, you will be notified by SMS or email.

  6. The authorities will process your documents, and once the ration card is successfully linked to the Aadhaar cards, you will receive a notification.

How to Check if a Ration Card is Linked to an Aadhaar Card

Follow these steps to check if the ration card is linked with an Aadhaar card:

  1. Install the 'Mera ration' app from the Play Store.

  2. Select 'Aadhaar Seeding' from the menu.

  3. Enter the 'Ration card number' and type it into the box.

  4. Click on the ‘Submit’ button to proceed.

Documents Required

The documents required to link a Ration Card with Aadhaar are:

  • Photocopy of the original ration card.

  • Photocopies of the Aadhaar card of all your family members.

  • Photocopy of the Aadhaar card of the head of the family.

  • A copy of the bank passbook.

  • Two passport-sized photos of the head of the family.

Why It Is Necessary to Link a Ration Card with an Aadhaar Card

  • It prevents invalid cardholders and phoney users from abusing government programs intended to help those living in poverty.

  • The PDS system becomes more effective, identifying true beneficiaries and enhancing the overall distribution process through the integration of biometric identification.

  • Linking ration cards to Aadhaar cards prevents the duplication of ration cards and ensures that no single household has multiple cards to receive subsidies.

  • It supports the government's 'One Nation One Ration Card' program, allowing beneficiaries to use PDS subsidies across states.

  • Aadhaar-Ration card linkage creates an audit trail within the system, uncovering leaks and diversions, identifying and removing dishonest middlemen, and preventing fraudulent actions to increase the system's effectiveness.

You can link your Aadhaar with your ration card either offline or online. The procedures for both methods are listed below.

Aadhaar Link to Ration Card Online

To link your Aadhaar card to your ration card online, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official website of your state’s Public Distribution System (PDS) portal.

  2. Enter your Aadhaar card number, ration card number, and your registered mobile number.

  3. Click on ‘Continue’.

  4. You will receive a One Time Password (OTP) on your registered mobile number.

  5. Enter the OTP and click on the ration card Aadhaar link.

How to Link Ration Card with Aadhaar Card through SMS

Follow these steps to link your ration card with Aadhaar card through SMS:

  1. In the text field, enter "UID SEED <State Short Code> <Scheme/Program Short Code> <Scheme/Program ID> <Aadhaar Number>". For example, "UID SEED MH POSC 9876543 123478789012" to link your ration card and Aadhaar card by SMS.

  2. Send the SMS to 51969.

  3. You will receive updates on the information being received, the verification process, and the outcome of the successful Ration Card to Aadhaar linking.

Aadhaar Seeding to Ration Card Offline

Individuals who wish to link their Aadhaar card with their ration card offline can do so by following these steps:

  1. Take photocopies of the Aadhaar cards of all family members as well as a photocopy of your ration card.

  2. If you have not linked your Aadhaar card with your bank account, take a photocopy of your bank passbook.

  3. Also, take a passport-sized photograph of the head of the family and submit these documents to the ration office or Public Distribution System (PDS)/ration shop.

  4. You may be asked to give a fingerprint ID on their sensors to validate the information against the Aadhaar database.

  5. Once the documents have reached the relevant department, you will be notified by SMS or email.

  6. The authorities will process your documents, and once the ration card is successfully linked to the Aadhaar cards, you will receive a notification.

How to Check if a Ration Card is Linked to an Aadhaar Card

Follow these steps to check if the ration card is linked with an Aadhaar card:

  1. Install the 'Mera ration' app from the Play Store.

  2. Select 'Aadhaar Seeding' from the menu.

  3. Enter the 'Ration card number' and type it into the box.

  4. Click on the ‘Submit’ button to proceed.

Documents Required

The documents required to link a Ration Card with Aadhaar are:

  • Photocopy of the original ration card.

  • Photocopies of the Aadhaar card of all your family members.

  • Photocopy of the Aadhaar card of the head of the family.

  • A copy of the bank passbook.

  • Two passport-sized photos of the head of the family.

Why It Is Necessary to Link a Ration Card with an Aadhaar Card

  • It prevents invalid cardholders and phoney users from abusing government programs intended to help those living in poverty.

  • The PDS system becomes more effective, identifying true beneficiaries and enhancing the overall distribution process through the integration of biometric identification.

  • Linking ration cards to Aadhaar cards prevents the duplication of ration cards and ensures that no single household has multiple cards to receive subsidies.

  • It supports the government's 'One Nation One Ration Card' program, allowing beneficiaries to use PDS subsidies across states.

  • Aadhaar-Ration card linkage creates an audit trail within the system, uncovering leaks and diversions, identifying and removing dishonest middlemen, and preventing fraudulent actions to increase the system's effectiveness.

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