On the basis of heterogeneous financial status of Indian community, Government of India provides various kinds of food ration cards.
• APL ration card
• BPL ration card
• AAY ration card
• AY ration card
Due to various categories of food ration card, food distribution is also non-homogeneous.
• APL (Above Poverty Line) –
Government provides APL ration cards to the family with annual income more than Rs. 10,000 /-per annum.
• BPL (Below Poverty Line) –
Family with annual income less than Rs. 10,000 /-per annum recognized as BPL family. Government provides BPL ration cards to that family.
DRDA in Rural Area and Municipal Council in urban areas take the responsibilities to identify people categorically.
• AAY Food Ration Card (Antyodya Anna Yojana) –
Terminally ill or disabled persons, widows, people above the age of 60 years, single man or single woman with very poor economic background are categorized for AAY facilities.
Landless farmers, marginal farmers, artisans and craftsman in rural sector like weavers, potters, carpenters, and slum dwellers can get these facilities.
Peoples in unorganized sector like coolies, hand curt pullers, rickshaw pullers, cobblers, snake charmers, flower sellers, fruit sellers can get the facilities.
This scheme is also designed for those persons who can earn his necessities on day basis.
• AY (Annapurna Yojana) –
The person with more than 65 years with no regular income can get 10 Kg. food grains per month totally free of cost.