Hyderabad: An image of a newspaper advertisement thanking Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for providing Rs. 100 crore for the development of a religious circuit is doing the rounds of social media. It is being claimed that the money was spent on a dargah.
The claim in English reads, "We Hindus are going door to door to collect money for the Ram temple and on the other hand, the Rajasthan government is giving Rs. 100 crores for a dargah. Later, prayer's for the destruction of the Hindus will be offered at the same dargah."
NewsMeter searched online for reports on the 2021-22 Rajasthan government budget and found a report by Outlook. According to the report the government announced a Rs. 500-crore package for tourism development which was severely hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no mention of Rs. 100 crore being allocated to a dargah.
According to a report by the Economic Times, "Rs. 100 crore has been allotted to develop religious tourism circuits in Rajasthan and funds have been allocated for the development of Shekhawati Tourism Circuit and Godawad Tourism Circuit."
We then found the budget document of Rajasthan and found that pages 74 and 75 mentions that Rs. 100 crore had been allocated to the Religious Tourism Circuit project which aims to connect the major religious places of worship of all faiths — Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Muslim.
It is clear that the claim that Rs. 100 crore is being allocated to a dargah is FALSE. The money is being used to develop the Religious Tourism Circuit.