The state government of Tamilnadu is inviting online applications for the new smart cards through the official website of Tamilnadu Public Distribution System at www.tnpds.gov.in. Recently the state government launched the Smart Family Card Scheme in order to convert all the ration cards in the state with new smart ration cards.
The old ration cards will be converted automatically in to the smart ration by the government. The existing ration card holders will receive an PIN on their mobile and they can collect their smart ration card from their nearest distribution center by showing the SMS.
How to Apply Online for New Smart Ration Card
Below is the step by step procedure to apply online for Smart Ration/Family Card in Tamilnadu.
STEP 1: Go to the official website of Tamilnadu Public Distribution System at www.tnpds.gov.in
STEP 2: Click on “Smart Card Application” under the Useful links section in the right side as represented in the image below.
STEP 3: After clicking on this link, an application form similar to below will open on the next page, fill all the necessary details in to it.
STEP 4: After filling all the required details in the smart card application form, upload the residence proof in form of JPG, PNG or GIF format. The size of file should be no more than 2 MB. After completing all the details, click on the “Submit” button at the bottom.
STEP 5: After submitting the application, you will be provided a reference number which will help you track the status of your application.
Track the Smart Card Application Status
If you have already applied for the smart card, you must have your reference number. Using that reference number can check the status of your smart card application by visiting the homepage of the website at tnpds.gov.in and clicking the “New Card Application Status” link in the right column.
Smart Card Helpline
For any queries or doubts you can call the toll free helpline number of Public Distribution System at 1967 or 1800-425-5901.