A screenshot of ‘India TV’ has gone viral on social media with a claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said – ‘Free treatment was provided to one crore COVID-19 patients’. In the post, it is being questioned how the government could provide treatment for one crore COVID-19 patients if the number of patients was less than 2 lakhs in the country. Let’s fact check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that free treatment was provided to one crore COVID-19 patients in India.
Fact: In his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, Modi has said that the beneficiaries of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ scheme crossed over one crore. He did not say that the government has treated one crore COVID-19 patients. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When searched about the claim made in the post, it was found that no such comments were made by Modi. It was found that Modi, in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme, has praised the efforts of the government in combating the pandemic and took pride in sharing that the beneficiaries of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ crossed over one crore. The statements made by PM Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme regarding 1 crore Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries can be heard in this video at 18:03 sec. The same can be read in the transcript of his speech on the ‘PM INDIA’ website and in the tweet of ‘PMO India’.
Also, the ‘India TV Hindi’ has issued a correction regarding their mistake during the telecast
To sum it up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not said that his government provided treatment for one crore COVID-19 patients.
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Originally published at Factly