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Fact Check: Did PM Modi Recently Announce to Give ₹15 Lakh to Every Indian Citizen? Here’s the Truth

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A video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being shared on social media, claiming that he recently announced to give ₹15 lakh to every Indian citizen.

The post reads: प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने अचानक हर नागरिक को 15 लाख देने का ऐलान कर दिया

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the video, and found it to be misleading.

Scanning through the video, we found that PM Modi was talking about Coronavirus and Janta curfew. Running a keyword search based on PM Modi’s speech in the video, we found the entire speech on the YouTube channel of The Economic Times, uploaded on March 19, 2020, with a title: Full Speech: PM Modi addresses nation on Coronavirus pandemic.

The description reads: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (March 19, 2020) appealed to the citizens to follow “Janta curfew” on March 22 (2020) in view of novel Coronavirus outbreak. The prime minister also requested senior citizens to remain indoors for the next few weeks. He announced setting up of a ‘Covid-19 Economic Response Task Force’ to decide on relief package for sectors hit by the Coronavirus outbreak. Modi also urged people to prevent themselves from panic-buying and hoarding of essential goods. The total number of positive cases of Covid-19 in India stands at 167, including 25 foreigners. Four deaths have been reported from Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra.

We could not find any such recent notice/announcement made by the prime minister. But in a public rally on November 7, 2013, in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker, Narendra Modi had said: “If even once, the money hoarded by these crooks in banks abroad, if we bring only that back, every poor Indian would get free of cost ₹15 to ₹20 lakh, just like that. There’s so much money.”

Also, an interview of Amit Shah with ABP News, dated February 5, 2015, where he mentioned that PM Modi’s statement on the ₹15 lakh return was just a political ‘jumla’. He said: “Modiji‘s statement was an idiomatic expression (jumla) that was given during the Lok Sabha polls. Everybody knows that this black money doesn’t go to accounts of people. The black money that would return to the country from abroad will be used to help the poor and the needy, Modiji said that. If Kejriwalji doesn’t understand this, then I pity him.”

Hence, it is clear that the viral post is misleading.

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