WhatsApp message claiming Rs 4000 for all is fake: Govt Fact Check

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Image tweeted by @PIBFactCheck
Image tweeted by @PIBFactCheck

New Delhi : The government on Friday clarified that a message is being circulated on Whatsapp claiming that Rs 4000 will be given to each and every individual. The message is fake and is making a false claim.

In a clarification tweet by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) Fact Check handle, the government said, "It is being claimed in a WhatsApp message that the Indian government is, under a Corona Care Fund Scheme, giving a sum of ₹ 4,000 to everyone."

"This is a false claim. The government is running no such scheme," it added.

The message became viral at a time when economic distress is haunting the nation and many people are looking for some financial aid.

India's GDP contracted by 7.3 per cent in the last fiscal, with the last quarter clocking a growth of just 1.6 per cent even after most sectors had been opened up. Thereafter, a second wave of infections forced most parts of the country to go into a second round of lockdowns and dealt a fresh blow to businesses already reeling under losses suffered last year.

There is a threat that third wave may hit the nation soon.