The coronavirus crisis has led to a lot of misinformation. Fraudsters are using social media platforms to circulate fake news and messages and create panic among people. A similar screenshot went viral a few days back claiming that the government may slash employees’ pension by 30% amid coronavirus COVID-19 crisis in the country.
The Press Information Bureau (PIB) has come out and clarified that the screenshot was fake. The government’s nodal agency took to Twitter to debunk the media report. “There is no such move in the government and such rumours are baseless,” it tweeted.
The news went viral after the Union Cabinet promulgated an ordinance to reduce the salaries, allowances and pensions of MPs by 30 per cent for a year. The Union Cabinet has also approved the temporary suspension of the MPLAD funding from 2020-21 and 2021-22.
In their efforts to fight the ongoing coronavirus crisis, The President, Vice President and the governors of states have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut as a social responsibility. Several states have also announced similar pay cut measures.
PIB has also busted a fake video where sellers can be seen licking or spitting on vegetables, fruits. The video claims that this is being done to spread COVID-19.
The PIB’s Fact Check Twitter handle debunked this claim as ‘false’ through a tweet.
“A viral audio clip is circulating on social media claiming that vegetable sellers are spreading #Covid19 by licking or spitting on vegetables/fruits,” the agency tweeted. “The claim made in the audio clip is false and intended to create disharmony in society,” the agency tweeted.