Tamil Nadu


Category Eligibility
Antyodaya Anna YojanaPoorest of the poor households defined by the Government of India based on the directions of the Supreme Court which includes: 
  • Widows,  terminally  ill   persons, disabled persons, persons aged 60 years  and above with no family or societal support or assured means of subsistence
  • All primitive tribal households
  • HIV  positive  /  affected and leprosy  affected persons, 
  • urban homeless
Old Age Pension
 Households eligible for old age pension
Freedom Fighter card
 Households eligible for freedom fighter card
Rice card
 Self-selection by households
Sugar only card
 Self-selection by households

(kgs per household)
(₹ per kg)

Antodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) card
 Rice4 kgs
Old Age Pension card
 Rice4 kgs

Freedom Fighter card
 Rice10 kgs

Rice card (Green)

4 kgs per adult and
2 kgs per child with a minimum of 12 kgs and maximum of 20 kgs
(10 kgs boiled rice + 10 kgs raw rice)
Sugar only card (White)
 Rice N.A.
 Sugar 2 kgs
 Wheat 1 kg
 Urud Dal
 1 kg30
 Tur Dal
 1 kg
 Palm Oil
 1 kg25
 Flour (Atta)
 1 kg11
 Tea Leaves
 1 kg13
 Iodised Salt
 1 kg3.5


Application Form (Tamil)


 Area Application Centre
 Chennai city and neighbouring areas Assistant Commissioner of Civil Supplies of appropriate zones
 Districts other than Chennai Taluk Supply Officers of the Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department or
 Assistant Rationing Officers
 Across Tamil Nadu Submit via Registered Post with Acknowledgement Due (RPAD)

[Obtain acknowledgement slip at the counter or post for proof of submission]


Call 044-28592828


For expert assistance, please contact

V Suresh at rightstn@gmail.com


Minister (Co-operation, Food and Consumer Protection)
Secretary (Co-operation, Food and Consumer Protection)
Joint Commissioner (Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department)
District Supply Officers (Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department)

Other Entitlements

Amma Unavagam Budget Canteens

 Budget canteens open to all in 200 wards of Chennai and 9 other cities

  Quantity Price
 Idli and Sambhar (Breakfast)
 1 plate
₹ 1
 Pongal and Sambhar (Breakfast) 1 plate₹ 5
 Sambhar Rice
 1 plate₹ 3
 Curd Rice
 1 plate₹ 3 
 Tamarind Rice or Curry Leaf Rice
 1 plate₹ 5


14 transgenders given ration cards (Times of India 24 Apr 2015)

Shortage of urad dal in PDS outlets in TN (NYOOOZ 16 Apr 2015)

PDS Grievance meeting in Tiruchirapally (The Hindu, 11 April 2015)

AIADMK man arrested for smuggling rice meant for PDS (The Times of India, 10 April 2015)

PDS Rice consignment detained (NewsHub.org, 23 February 2015)

PDS rice seized, one held (The Hindu, 24 February 2015)

75 rice bags meant for PDS seized (The Hindu, 19 February 2015)

Scared residents want ration shop in their midst (The Hindu 9 February 2015)

Social audit of PDS shops (The Hindu 25 January 2015)


A Herculean task to get ration card (L Srikrishna, The Hindu, 29 September 2014)

Nod for project to computerize PDS (The Hindu, 21 September 2014)

Farmers market complex can house PDS outlets, say residents (The Hindu, 30 August 2014)

Man Held for Bid to Smuggle 7 Ton PDS Rice (The New Indian Express, 27 August 2014)

AIADMK MLA Threatens to Lock Up PDS Shops (The New Indian Express, 25 August 2014)

42 Quintal PDS Rice Seized (The New Indian Express, 12 August 2014)

Food Officials in Mysore Dist Fail to Check Rice Smuggling (The New Indian Express, 10 May 2014)

Neutralising impact of price rise? ( T Ramakrishnan, The Hindu, 12 April 2014)

AIADMK’s negligence leads to power crisis: Kanimozhi? (The Hindu, 10 April 2014)

Bench restrains Collector from constructing ration shop (The Hindu, 12 March 2014)
Food Security Scheme will be Replaced with UPDS: AIADMK (The Indian Express, 25 February 2014)
Low quality PDS rice distributed in Gandhigram, say villagers (The Times of India, 22 February 2014)

Free PDS rice smuggled out of Tamil Nadu, sold at profit (Vivek Narayanan, The Hindu,8 Feb 2014)

Several business unit yet to register under Food Security Act (The Hindu, 18 Jan 2014)

Tamil Nadu extends ration card’s validity (Deccan Chronicle 21 December 2013)
Soon, chapatis to be on menu of Amma canteens in Chennai (The Hindu, 10 September 2013)
Universal PDS will continue: Jayalalithaa (S. Vijaykumar, The Hindu, 16 August 2013)
PDS will prevail in TN: Jayalalithaa (Business Standard, 16 August 2013)