Fact Check: YouTube channel's claim on power bill waiver is FALSE

By Mounika Dasari  Published on  29 Aug 2020 7:00 AM GMT
Fact Check: YouTube channels claim on power bill waiver is FALSE

Hyderabad: A YouTube channel by name, DL News, which has 1.38 million subscribers claimed that the government decided that any pending electricity bill from April 1, 2020, of a household or of the farmers in the country will be waived from September 1, 2020, onwards.

To avail this scheme, the person has to enroll his name on a list. If he is successful in registering himself in the said list, his entire bill will be waived off. To get registered, one has to follow all the guidelines of the government and will have to subscribe to a YouTube channel "Modi Yojana List."

This channel has 4,150 subscribers without any content in it. The user claims that it's a government YouTube channel and that if people subscribe to this channel or mention their name in the comment box, their name will get added to the list.

Soon the government is going to update the link of the website where one has to fill the form and submit three documents, including scanned copies of Aadhar card, ration card, and electricity bill.

Archived claims can be found here and here.

Fact check:

The government announces NO such scheme. The claim is FALSE.

On Friday, the Information Department of the Government of India, Press Information Bureau (PIB), made it clear through a tweet that the central government has not introduced any such scheme.

PIB has found in its Fact Check that this message is fake.

Previously, there was another false claim which said the central government was going to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to every Covid patient in each municipality.

A few days ago, there was one more fake news that the central government was going to distribute free smart phones to every student in the country so that they can participate in online classes.

Hence, the claim is FALSE.

Claim Review:YouTube channel’s claim on power bill waiver
Claimed By:social media users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:social media
Claim Fact Check:False
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