CSD Canteen Smart Card Online Application Form
The eligibility criteria and rules for the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) Smart Card have been established for the benefit of individuals who wish to apply for the card. The CSD Canteen Smart Card Online Application Form is available for those who meet the eligibility requirements. Only individuals who fall under the following categories are eligible for CSD canteen facilities: Three Armed Forces Personnel and Officers, Ex-Servicemen and Civilian employees, and officers of OFB. As per the Army Order AO 32/84, Ex-Servicemen and their families, as well as Ex-defence personnel with a minimum of 5 years of service, are entitled to CSD (I) Canteen facilities available in units/establishments. Additionally, Cadets / Recruits boarded out on medical grounds are also entitled to avail CSD facilities.
Dependent Canteen Smart Card
In accordance with the order released on May 4, 2018 by the Canteen Services Directorate of the Integrated HQ of the Ministry of Defence (Army), dependent canteen smart cards (grocery only) have been authorized for individuals who are dependents of serving and retired Armed Forces personnel. This decision has been made due to the exigencies of services. As a result of feedback received from the environment concerning the misuse of these cards by a few beneficiaries, it is important to reiterate certain issues. Firstly, dependent cards should only be applied for on a need basis and should not be used as identification documents. Dependent cards should only be used to gain access to Unit Run Canteens. Furthermore, only the following dependents of Armed Forces personnel (serving and retired) are entitled to dependent canteen smart cards (grocery only): parents of Armed Forces personnel (serving and retired) who are considered dependents based on official records.
CSD Card for Widow, Unmarried and Divorced Daughter
The dependent eligibility criteria for grocery cards are as follows: unmarried, widow, or divorcee daughters are eligible until they reach 25 years of age or get married, whichever comes first. However, if the dependent is also entitled, the daughter’s age is not a factor. For sons, eligibility ceases at 25 years of age or upon getting employed, whichever occurs earlier. The URC will verify the eligibility of both sons and daughters through official records. Only one beneficiary can receive two dependent grocery cards, and it is the primary grocery cardholder’s responsibility to provide accurate data. The authenticity and eligibility of dependent canteen smart cards will be verified by URCs or Local Military Authorities (LMA). Additionally, children under the age of 10 are no longer eligible for dependent grocery canteen smart cards with immediate effect.
Guidelines for Dependent CSD Smart cards:
1. Dependent cards should only be applied for when there is a genuine need.
2. It is important to note that dependent canteen cards cannot be used as identity cards. They are solely meant for accessing Unit Run Canteens.
3. The dependent canteen smart cards (grocery only) are only available to the following dependents of Armed Forces personnel, both serving and retired:
a. Parents of Armed Forces personnel, only if they are officially recognized as dependents.
b. Daughters who are unmarried, widowed, or divorced can avail the card until the age of 25 or until they get married, whichever comes first. The URC will verify their eligibility through official records.
c. Sons can avail the card until the age of 25 or until they get employed, whichever comes first. The URC will verify their eligibility through official records.
4. Each beneficiary is entitled to a maximum of two dependent grocery cards. It is the responsibility of the primary grocery cardholder to provide accurate information.
5. URCs and Local military authorities (LMA) are responsible for verifying the authenticity and eligibility of dependent canteen smart cards during regular checks.