With more than 20 lakh people infected worldwide and 1.27 lakh dead, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating a havoc worldwide. Lockdowns seem to be the only way to slow its spread. However, due to these lockdowns, economies of major countries are collapsing.
Recently, a post is going viral on various social media platforms that include a series of points that are claimed to be the key takeaways from a webinar hosted by IMF (International Monetary Fund) on April 20, 2020, chaired by Indian economist, Raghuram Rajan. It is a long post that includes various economic insights about how India should take business decisions to avoid economic crisis during the pandemic.
🔶Webinar by IMF, Chaired by Mr Raghuram Rajan on 20/4/2020. Key takeaways are as follows. 🟢General Outlook1. India…
This was published on a website named founder.com also.
This claim is shared on Twitter too.
Webinar by IMF, Chaired by Raghuram Rajan, this morning. Key takeaways are as follows:*
1.India seems to have supressed the curve so far. It looks like it might escape the worst of the pandemic, but will have to be cautious about it.
— KattaNews (@katta_news) April 20, 2020
The above claim is false.
When we checked the IMF website, we found that there have been no recent webinars which featured Raghuram Rajan.
When we searched using the keywords IMF webinar Raghuram Rajan, we found that Businesstoday.in published a report on April 21, 2020 stating that former Reserve Bank of India governor had refuted the claims that he had chaired a IMF webinar session. It also states that he has rejected these claims as fake news in a post on his Linkedin account.
On his Linkedin account, Raghuram Rajan posted, “A webinar, purportedly from an IMF session that I am supposed to have chaired, is circulating among Indian WhatsApp groups. I have not participated in any such webinar. I am afraid in this age of fake news it is hard to respond to every such occurrence. I can only say that I post all my relevant public statements on this site only.”
Hence, the points mentioned in the claim are not from a webinar by Raghuram Rajan in IMF. The above claim shared virally is FALSE.