New Delhi: A lot of misinformation and fake news has flooded social media ever since coronavirus hit India. Not all that we read on the internet is true and it’s always better to check the facts before believing them. Also Read - Fact Check: Cinema Halls Set to Reopen In India From October 1? Here's The Truth Behind The Viral Claim
Now, a post claiming that the government is providing Rs 11,000 to all students of schools and colleges to help them pay their fees amid the coronavirus pandemic, has gone viral on social media platforms. The post says that the government has taken the decision after many students in the country were unable to pay their fees due to Covid-19 and the move will benefit them.
However, no such announcement has been made by the government and the website on which the post appeared is fake.
Debunking the fake news, PIB in a tweet wrote, ”Claim: – On a website, it is being claimed that due to Corona epidemic, the Central Government is providing Rs 11,000 to all the students of schools and colleges to pay their fees.
#PIBFactCheck: – This website is fake. No such announcement has been made by the Central Government.”
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The Press Information Bureau launched this fact-checking arm in December 2019, to curb misinformation and fake news prevalent on the internet. It claimed that its objective was “to identify misinformation related to government’s policies and schemes that are circulating on various social media platforms”.
The government has also time and again, urged people not to share such unconfirmed reports and trust only reliable sources.