Chennai ,February 29th
Those who have not yet renewed their family cards (ration cards) can do so online.Though Wednesday is the last date for the renewal, the government has decided to extend the deadline by a month following requests from people.Cardholders who have not yet renewed their cards can visit the Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department's website (URL: http://126.96.36.199:8080/newfcp/cardvalidity.do) for renewal. The online facility will be available from March 1 to 31, according sources. On submitting the details, they will get auto-generated acknowledgement slips. Those who require provisions have to take two copies of the slips – one to be pasted on their cards and another to be given to their respective fair price shop.Those who do not need commodities but use the cards as proof of residence can have the slips pasted on their cards.Those holding white-coloured ‘no commodities' cards or yellow-coloured tatkal cards or other cards may not have been able to renew their cards due to a variety of reasons.Food Minister R. Kamaraj has appealed to people to make use of the online facility.