Fact Check: Is Indian government giving 12-month free mobile recharge for all?

New Delhi: A message has been circulated on various platforms claiming that the Indian government is offering free recharge for mobile phone users for 12 months after India’s Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics 2020. Is it true or fake? Read on.

Claim: "#Olympics2021 In the joy of getting a gold medal, the Government of India is giving 12 months free recharge opportunity to all." This is the exact message being shared. It has a website address and a picture of a woman holding a mobile phone.

The message in Hindi claims that Rs 2,399 worth recharge for 12 months will be given to all by the government of India to celebrate Chopra’s historic gold in javelin throw. It asked users to click the given link and avail the offer. It had a website address.

What is the truth? The Press Information Bureau (PIB) has stated that this message is fake and urged the citizens not to fall prey to it.

Verified: “This claim is fake. Government of India has not made any such announcement regarding free recharge. Please do not share your personal information on any such fake links,” the official handle of PIB Fact Check wrote in Hindi.

Conclusion: There are plenty of fake news floating around on various platforms. We request you to verify what you receive and then only share with others. Also, we urge you to only believe the news from the Indian government shared on its official platforms including social media handles and the PIB website.

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A. Ramakrishna is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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