A post is being shared on social media with a claim that the central government is providing Rs 1.5 lakh to municipalities for each COVID-19 patient. The post, which has been shared from multiple pages, says that because of this every, municipality is trying to inflate COVID-19 positive figures.
Facebook posts can be seen here, here and here.
NewsMobile fact checked the post and found the claim to be false.
We ran a Google search but did not find any reliable report on this.
We then scanned through the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and their social media pages to gain more information regarding the same.
While investigating, we came across a tweet by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) clarifying that NO such scheme has been launched by the government.
Claim: A message circulating on #WhatsApp claims that Central Government is providing Rs 1.5 lakh to every Municipality for each #COVID19 patient. #PIBFactCheck: The claim is #Fake. No such announcement has been made by Government. pic.twitter.com/Ntr137aIUY
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) August 25, 2020
In July, NewsMobile debunked similar fake news, where a fake audio message making a similar claim regarding Rs 1.5 lakh being set aside by government went viral in the name of Geeta Jain, an independent member of the Legislative Assembly of Mira Bhayandar in Maharashtra.
The above fact-check establishes that the post in question is fake.
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