HYDERABAD: A WhatsApp message that claims the Indian government is providing a Phase 4 Covid-19 Relief Fund Grant is viral.
The message is circulated along with a link. Citizens believe that this is an official message.
This message is fake. The government of India has not provided any such grant.
Firstly, the link provided in the WhatsApp message is not from an official government website. The link doesn't show any government logo nor does it mention the name of the Indian government. The logo of the viral link is that of 'Blogger', an American online content management system. The questions asked on the website resembled online scams that could lead to a data breach. Citizens have been cautioned against such fraudulent links as they could lead to personal information leaks.
Secondly, no official announcements were made by the Centre regarding the provision of a Phase 4 Covid-19 Relief Fund Grant.
This message is only applicable to the United Way of Monroe County that announced a Phase 4 Covid-19 Relief Fund Grant in 2020. The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund was launched in March 2020 by United Way of Monroe County in response to the emerging needs that were brought forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. The $ 208,000 grant funds critical programmes in south-central Indiana. (Click here and here to read more)
Press Information Bureau Fact Check team also debunked the news and clarified that the message is fake.
Hence, it is clear that the Centre is not providing a Phase 4 Covid-19 Relief Fund Grant.