Procedure for issue of new ration card, duplicate ration card, cancellation of ration card and modification (Life cycle management of ration card) in West Bengal.
Ration Cards have been distributed by The Food & Supplies Department, West Bengal. The number of ration cards/records is about 9.20 crore spread across 341 Blocks & 55 Rationing Areas, 67 Sub-Divisions, 19 districts, 3 Divisions of the state.
All applications shall be received only at the Block Food Inspector’s Office in case of rural areas, at Municipal Food Inspector’s Office in non-SR Municipal areas, at RO’s Office in case of SR areas and in the Office of the Deputy Manager of Borough Offices in case of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.
In case of lifting of food grains from a Fair Price Shop dealer, the ration card holder shall have the option to lift the allocated quota of foodgrains, a) for current week; or b) following weeks
91 lakh bogus ration cards have been cancelled. The digitisation of ration cards has touched the figure of 7.80 crores – an unprecedented success.
Ration card holders who failed to collect their weekly/fortnightly quota will be allowed to lift their lapsed quota during eight weeks following the week when his/her entitlement becomes due.
Computerization of Ration Card in West Bengal has been started and will be continued upto 09th February, 2014. All concerned are requested to contact to respective ration shop at the earliest.
Scheduled time for capturing ration card data at Fair Price Shop level has been extended for the 11 districts viz. Kolkata, North 24 Parganas (excepting municipal areas), Howrah, Hooghly, Purba Medinipur, Purulia, Birbhum, Bankura, Burdwan, Dakshin Dinajpur and Coochbehar.
Stipulated time limit for rendering the services, the Designated officers responsible for providing the services, the Appellate Officer and the Reviewing Officer in connection with Ration Card.
One major step to reform the prevailing TPDS system is to digitize the information of the Ration Card holders so that a complete Digitized Ration card database of the ration card holders may be constructed and made available online.