No, PM Modi did not say 1 Cr COVID patients have been treated for free

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A screenshot of an India TV graphic is going viral on social media claiming Prime Minister Modi said one crore  COVID-19 patients have been treated for free, in his Mann Ki Batt radio address, is false as the channel misquoted the prime minister.

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Posted by Dr.Manmohan Singh – Fan Club on Sunday, May 31, 2020

 

एक करोड़ #कोरोना मरीजों का फ्री में इलाज किया गया …. @narendramodiहद भी होती है झूठ बोलने की……नरेंद्र मोदी व…

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As per the current report, India’s COVID-19 tally has now reached 1,90,535 cases and over 5,394 deaths, till June 1, 2020. There are 93,322 active cases, while 91,819 people have been cured/discharged/migrated. India has now moved to the seventh spot among the top ten worst-affected countries in the world by COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the report here
With the keywords search on Twitter, we found the tweet by Indian TV, the channel issued a correction on June 1, 2020. They tweeted that the graphic was a ‘human error’ and that India did not have so many cases.

 

We Checked the Prime Minister’s Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast on May 30, PM Narendra Modi discussed the COVID-19 situation in the country along with discussing other programs one of which was the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY) popularly known as the Ayushman Bharat health scheme.

At the 17:55 minute mark, the PM starts to address the Ayushman Bharat scheme and at 18:05 highlights that in a year and a half since the scheme’s launch, over 1 crore people have benefited from the scheme. PM Modi spoke about the total beneficiaries who have availed of the Ayushman Bharat health scheme since its launch in September 2018 and not mentioned the COVID-19 cases in the country.

This confirms that the India TV graphic misquoted the statement by the PM Modi and linked it to the COVID-19.

 


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Shweta Jamsandekar

An aspiring journalist from Symbiosis institute of media and communication.