By Rakesh Vuppu On March 20th, 2020

A Facebook post which claims that PM Narendra Modi is providing free masks to people under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ to keep them protected from Coronavirus outbreak is being shared widely. Let’s check the authenticity of the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: PM Modi is providing free masks to people under ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ to keep them protected from Coronavirus outbreak.

Fact: The website in the post is a dubious one and there is no government scheme of PM Modi under which free masks are being provided to people. The Press Information Bureau (PIB) has also clarified that there is no Central government scheme that provides free masks to people to keep them protected from Coronavirus outbreak. So, the claim is FALSE.  

When the link (www.narendrmodiawasyojna.in/?m=1) in the post is opened, it is directed to a page. The website address (domain) of this website is different from the website domain of government sites which end in ‘gov.in’ or ‘nic.in’. Also, the name of PM ‘Narendra Modi’ is written as ‘Narendr Modi’.

When clicked on the ‘Order Now’ option, irrespective of filling up of details, it is directed to a blog and it shows the message ‘Blog has been removed’.

In the post, it was written that the masks are being provided under the ‘Swachh Bharath Mission’, but there is no mention of it on the website of ‘Swachh Bharath’.

The Press Information Bureau (PIB) has also debunked the message and clarified that there is no central government scheme that provides free masks to people to keep them protected from the Coronavirus outbreak.  

The same website address is also being shared (archived) on social media in the name of ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’ (a housing scheme of Central Government). If the posted link address is observed carefully, it can be seen that it mentions ‘Awas Yojana’ i.e. housing scheme. But, as discussed above, it is a dubious website.

To conclude, there is no central government scheme that provides free masks to people to keep them protected from the Coronavirus outbreak.

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Originally published at Factly