{Application Form} TNPDS Smart Ration Card: Status, Apply online

TNPDS: The government of India ensures to protect the Right to Food and Food security act for all the citizens of the country, particularly poor people belonging to unprivileged sections of the society. The government initiates various projects and scheme to make essential commodities of good quality available at affordable prices every month, by setting up fair price shops at various places throughout the states of the country.

The public distribution system (PDS) is a project where all the surviving essential goods which are included in ration is distributed among the strata of people who do not have enough income to access even the basic food supplies.

The Government of Tamil Nadu has also taken up the public distribution project through the tnpds (Tamil Nadu public distribution system) scheme and strives to provide all the food supplies to the needy people all across the Tamil Nandu state. The government of Tamil Nadu issues smart ration cards which is an important document to avail PDS scheme benefits. Herein, at www.sarkarineeti.com we will take you through detailed guide on Tamil Nadu PDS (tnpds) system and the smart ration card provided under this scheme.

What is TNPDS?

In order to make the Public Distribution System more digital and reduce the time of various processes for efficient usage and access to the citizens, the Government of Tamil Nadu replaced the common ration cards into smart ration cards back in 2017. The smart ration cards are now linked with the registered mobile numbers of each beneficiary. 

The tnpds ration card holds an important place because it provides the essential food grains at a very cheaper rate than what is there in the market. The economically weaker section people of the Tamil Nadu state have experienced the massive benefits of the tnpds scheme and has appreciated this move of the government very much publicly. The tnpds scheme was launched under the Civil Supplies & Consumer Protection Development.

Overview/Highlights

Name of the PortalTNPDS
Full FormTamil Nadu Public Distribution System
Launched inTamil Nadu
Launched byGovernment of Tamil Nadu
BeneficiariesEWS Citizens of the Tamil Nadu state
ModeOnline
BenefitsDigital Smart Ration Card
DepartmentCivil Supplies & Consumer Protection Department
Official Websitehttps://www.tnpds.gov.in/

Objectives of tnpds

The Tamil Nadu public distribution system has issued the smart ration cards to the economically weaker section of the society with following listed main objectives:

  • The serious issues of chronic hunger and starvation in Tamil Nadu needs to be eliminated
  • Protecting citizens from ill effects of rise in price of essential commodities.
  • Domestic fuels like kerosene are made affordable
  • Easy accessibility of Fair Price Shops by cardholders
  • Ensuring availability of essential commodities at the right time every month
  • Frauds will be eliminated
  • Smart ration card will save time from visiting department offices again and again
  • Costs related to Printing of the ration cards and distribution among the masses will be exempted
  • Digital ration card will allow to establish transparency among between the government and beneficiaries.

Benefits of tnpds

The tnpds smart ration card provides a number of benefits to the needy people of the Tamil Nadu state. Let’s have a look at some of the benefits listed below:

  • Effective handling of complaints given by cardholders.
  • Timely and controlled movement of essential commodities through route charts and momentary
  • Reduction of leakages through system improvements, tightened enforcement and deterrent criminal action
  • Error free and correct allotment and movement of essential commodities to fair price shops through E-Governance.
  • Transparency in the system
  • Easy access to food supplies for the economically weaker section people
  • Maintaining nutrition level and eradicating problems like malnutrition and various vitamin deficiency.

TNPDS Ration Card Types

The Tamil Nadu public distribution system offers four types of cards falling under particular categories of the citizens.

  1. Light Green Cards- These cards enable the beneficiaries to issue rice and other essential commodities from the fair price shops (FPS). Antodaya Ann Yojna cardholders are also included in the light green card category only.
  2. White Cards- The beneficiaries can receive 3kg sugar extra over the prescribed quota set by the Tamil Nadu government.
  3. Khaki Card- It is a card which is issued only to the police personnel up to the rank of inspectors.
  4. No commodity Card- Given to those who are not entitled to draw any commodity from ration shops.

How to apply for tnpds smart ration card online (step by step)

The official website portal of Tamil Nadu public distribution systems allows its users to apply for smart ration card online from their personal devices while sitting at home only. Follow the steps mentioned below to apply online:

Step 1: Go to the official website portal of tnpds i.e., https://www.tnpds.gov.in/

Step 2: On the homepage of the website, advance to the ‘smart card application services’ section.

Step 3: now, click on the ‘smart card application’ option present under it.

Step 4: You will be directed to a new page window, where you have to fill in all the necessary required details.

Step 5: Fill in the address, name of family head, upload passport size photograph of the family head in the asked formats.

Step 6: Add the details of your district, village, family members, gas connection details and upload rest of the documents asked.

Step 7: now mark the declaration and preview the application form before submitting

Step 8: Click on the submit button. A reference Id of your application will be generated which you can note down/print out for future purposes.

How to apply for tnpds smart ration card offline (step by step)

The Tamil Nadu government also allows the beneficiaries to apply for the smart ration card through offline mode if one faces any difficulty while applying online. Follow the steps mentioned below to apply offline:

Step 1: Visit your nearby respective FPS (fair price shop) or ration shop.

Step 2: Ask the shop attendant to provide you with application form for smart ration card.

Step 3: Fill in all the required details in the form. You can also take help of the shop attendant of any difficulty faced while filling or understanding the mandatory fields.

Step 4: Attach all the asked necessary documents with the application form.

Step 5: Submit the form at the concerned department office and keep the generated reference ID number of your submitted application for future references and purposes.

Procedure to check status of tnpds smart ration card (step by step)

The official website portal of tnpds allows its users to check the status of their submitted  registration application form online on their personal devices without getting into the time consuming process of visiting department offices. Follow the steps mentioned below to check status online:

Step 1: Go to the official website portal of tnpds i.e., https://www.tnpds.gov.in/

Step 2: On the homepage of the website, advance to the ‘smart card application services’ section.

Step 3: now, click on the ‘smart card application status’ option present under it.

Step 4: You will be directed to a new page window, where you have to fill in all the necessary required details.

Step 5: Enter your Reference ID number in the slot given which you must have received at the time of registration after submitting the application form.

Step 6: Click on the green ‘submit’ button.

Step 7: The current status of your submitted smart ration card application will get displayed on your screen.

List of important documents required for registration of smart ration card

The tnpds official portal has proposed a list of all the necessary documents which are required at the time of submission of application form and to make a successful registration. Let’s look at the essential document list below:

  • ID Proof (Aadhar Card)
  • Pan card
  • Recent passport size photograph of head of family
  • Caste certificate
  • Income certificate
  • Bills of electricity
  • Gas connection bill

How to download tnpds smart ration card

The official website portal of tnpds allows its registered beneficiaries to download the smart ration card by following below mentioned steps in order:

Step1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/

Step2: on the homepage, click on the beneficiary option available.

Step3: Fill in your registered mobile number in the slot given and also the OTP received on it.

Step4: after clicking on submit button, the profile of the beneficiary will get opened.

Step5: look for the option of ‘smart card print’ and click on it.

 List of services related to smart ration card

The official portal of tnpds renders numerous services on its online website to its users. A variety of services has been made available to make the process of smart ration card application and distribution much more efficient and smoother. Let’s have a look at various offered services:

  • Citizen login
  • Department login
  • NFSA and PDA reports
  • Go down stock reports
  • Status of E-PDS Implementation
  • Services related to SMS
  • Smart card application
  • Smart card application status check
  • Add Member, Change Address, Family Head member change, Deletion of family member, Card related service request status  
  • Reprint of smart card
  • Services related to registering a complaint
  • Conversion of card
  • Family card details
  • Services related to latest news and updates.

Procedure to add a member on tnpds ration card

One of the services provided by the tnpds official website portal is to add a family member on the smart ration card of a family. The user can easily make an addition in the number of family members on its smart ration card by following the steps mentioned below:

Step1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/

Step2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘smart card related services’ section.

Step3: now click on the topmost ‘Add Member’ option available under it.

Step4: you will be directed to a new page window, where you need to enter your registered mobile number and the captcha code displayed. Click on the submit button.

Step5: a new form of add member will get displayed on your screen. Fill in all the required necessary details in the slots given.

Step6: attach all the relevant documents asked and click on the submit button.

Procedure to change head member of family on ration card

The online portal of tnpds also allows its users to change the head member of the family on their smart ration card anytime by just following the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/

Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘smart card related services’ section.

Step 3: now click on the third option  ‘family head member change’ option available under it.

Step 4: you will be directed to a new login window where you have to enter your registered mobile number and the captcha code displayed. Click on the submit button.

Step 5: A new form of head of family change will appear. Enter all the details correctly and upload the new documents and photograph of the head member in the sked formats.

Step 6: click on the submit button.

How to remove a family member from tnpds ration card

The online portal of tnpds also allows its users to remove any family member from their smart ration card anytime by just following the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/

Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘smart card related services’ section.

Step 3: now click on the fourth option  ‘remove family member’ option available under it.

Step 4: you will be directed to a new login window where you have to enter your registered mobile number and the captcha code displayed. Click on the submit button.

Step 5: A new form of remove family member will appear. Enter all the details correctly and make changes accordingly by uploading any documents if asked.

Step 6: click on the submit button.

Procedure to download authorization form online

You can easily download the authorization form online from the official website portal without making any visits to the department office. Follow the steps mentioned below:

Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/

Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘Authorization form download’ button present in bright orange.

Step 3: as soon as you click on the button, a new page will appear displaying the authorization form application pdf.

Step 4: download this form on your personal device using the ‘download’ option present at the topmost corner of the pdf.

Services related to reprint smart card

The registered users of the tnpds portal have an access to the service of reprint of smart card and also reprint the smart card status if misplaced by chance. Just follow the steps mentioned below:

Reprint smart card

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘reprint smart card’ section.
  • Step 3: Click on the ‘reprint smart card’ option present as the topmost option availaible under it.
  • Step 4: you will be directed to a new login page where you need to enter your registered mobile number and the captcha code displayed.
  • Step 5: Click on the submit button. Now, click on the ‘reprint smart card’ option and take out the print.

Reprint smart card status

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘reprint smart card’ section.
  • Step 3: Click on the ‘reprint smart card status’ option present as the topmost option available under it.
  • Step 4: you will be directed to a new login page where you need to enter your registered mobile number and the captcha code displayed.
  • Step 5: Click on the submit button. Now, click on the ‘reprint smart card status’ link option and take out the print.

How to do a citizen login on tnpds (step by step)

The tnpds portal allows its registered users to do a citizen login to access their account and check various application status and current updates. Following are the steps mentioned to do a citizen login:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, click on the ‘citizen login’ option present in the list menu on the leftmost side.
  • Step 3: you will be directed to a new page window. Enter your registered mobile number in the slot given.
  • Step 4: enter the captcha code displayed on the screen and hit the submit button
  • Step 5: you will successfully get login into your account.

How to do a department login on tnpds (step by step)

The tnpds portal allows its registered user departments to do a department login to access their account and check various application status and current updates. Following are the steps mentioned to do a citizen login:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, click on the ‘department login’ option present in the list menu on the leftmost side.
  • Step 3: you will be directed to a new page window of CIVIL SUPPLIES AND CONSUMER PROTECTION DEPARTMENT
  • Step 4: Enter your registered username and password to login.
  • Step 5: Click on the ‘login’ button present in the bottom right corner in blue.

Procedure to change/edit address details on tnpds ration card online

The online portal of tnpds also allows its users to change their address details on the  smart ration card anytime by just following the steps mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘smart card related services’ section.
  • Step 3: now click on the second option  ‘change of address’ available under it.
  • Step 4: you will be directed to a new login window where you have to enter your registered mobile number and the captcha code displayed. Click on the submit button.
  • Step 5: A new form of change address details will appear. Enter all the details correctly and make changes accordingly by uploading any all the necessary documents asked.
  • Step 6: click on the submit button.

How to view PDS reports on tnpds

The tnpds online portal  provides a detailed PDS reports of the various districts in the Tamil Nadu which can be easily accessed by its users through following mentioned steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, click on the ‘PDS Reports’ option present in the list menu on the leftmost side.
  • Step 3: you will be directed to a new page, where all the commodity details of different districts of Tamil Nadu will get displayed on your screen.
  • Step 4: search the desired district and click on ‘commodity details’ link given in blue against each one of them.
  • Step 5: all the PDS report details related to the selected district will get displayed on your screen.

How to view NFSA reports

The tnpds online portal  provides a detailed NFSA reports of the various districts in the Tamil Nadu which can be easily accessed by its users through following mentioned steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, click on the ‘NFSA Reports’ option present in the list menu on the leftmost side
  • Step 3: you will be directed to a new page where you need to select your district taluka.
  • Step 4: now select your shop code and the smart card number.
  • Step 5: all the information related to NFSA reports of that particular district will get displayed on your screen.

Procedure to raise a complaint in tnpds portal

The online portal of tnpds also allows its users to raise a complaint in case of any difficulty or inconvenience faced by just following the steps mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘register a complaint’ section.
  • Step 3: as soon as you click on the link provided, you will be directed to a new page displaying the complaint register form.
  • Step 4: enter all the necessary details asked like name, mobile number, email, classification and problem description in the space provided.
  • Step 5: click on the submit button and keep the complaint number generated for future purposes.

Procedure to check status of complaint raised

You can easily check the status of your raised complaint on the tnpds portal by following the steps mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘register a complaint’ section.
  • Step 3: as soon as you click on the link provided, you will be directed to a new page displaying the complaint register form.
  • Step 4: click on the ‘complaint status’ option from the top menu bar.
  • Step 5: now enter your complaint number which mist have been generated at the time of raising the complaint.
  • Step 6: your complaint status will get displayed on your screen.

How to check status of services related to smart card

The tnpds portal allows its users to keep a track and check the status of various smart card related services through following option. Follow the steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘smart card related services’ section.
  • Step 3: now click on the last option  ‘card related service request status’ option available under it.
  • Step 4: you will be directed to a new login window where you have to enter your reference number of the particular service for whose status you are looking for.
  • Step 5: the reference number must have been generated at the time of submission of the service request.
  • Step 6: after entering the reference number in the slot provided click on the submit button.
  • Step 7: the current status of the applied card related service will get displayed on your screen.

Step by step procedure to change your card type

The official tnpds portal allows its registered users to change their card type online though the website from their personal devices. Follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website portal of tnpds i.e., www.tnpds.gov.in/
  • Step 2: On the homepage, advance to the ‘covert your card’ section
  • Step 3: click on the link provided and you will get directed to a new login window.
  • Step 4: enter your registered mobile number and the captcha code displayed in the slots given.
  • Step 5: a new form of convert your card will get displayed. Make changes accordingly and click on ‘submit’ button.

How to download tnpds official app

The Tamil Nadu government also initiated the tnpds smart card application scheme through official tnpds app available on both ios and android. Follow steps to download the app:

  • Step 1: go to play store/apple store.
  • Step 2: enter tnpds official app in the search column.
  • Step 3: click on the topmost option in the list displayed.
  • Step 4: click on ‘install’ button to download the app on your mobile phones
  • Step 5: after downloading, open the app and do login for accessing your tnpds account smoothly.

SMS facilities available on tnpds

The various SMS facilities provided to its users by the official tnpds website are as follows:
SMS the code to 9773904050 from Registered Mobile Number
SMS CODE DESCRIPTION

  • PDS <space> 101 – Availability of Commodity at Ration Shop
  • PDS <space> 102 – Status of Ration Shop (Open / Close)
  • PDS <space> 107 – Complaints about Billing

Important links

Citizen Loginhttps://www.tnpds.gov.in/login.xhtml
PDS Reportshttps://www.tnpds.gov.in/pages/reports/pds-report-state.xhtml
NFSA Off-Take Reportswww.tnpds.gov.in/pages/reports/pds-nfsa-offtake-report-state.xhtml
Authorization Formwww.tnpds.gov.in/downloads/authorization-form.pdf
Smart Card Applicationhttps://www.tnpds.gov.in/pages/registeracard/register-a-card.xhtml
Card Related Service Request Status  https://www.tnpds.gov.in/pages/servicerequest/service-request-status-1.xhtml
Department Loginhttps://cas.tnpds.gov.in/login?service=https%3A%2F%2Fg2g.tnpds.gov.in%2F

Helpline

In case of any query or difficulty faced you can contact on toll free helpline number of tnpds 1967 (or) 1800-425-5901
Or you can also write to the official email id [email protected]


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