Fact Check: These ‘rescue flight forms’ for Indians stranded abroad have not been issued by the govt

After the Government of India announced the evacuation plan to bring back stranded Indians amid the Coronavirus pandemic, a message has started circulating on social media with claims that India has issued ‘rescue flight forms’ for different countries.

The message contains several links with the above claims.

Once you open the form, it requires you to provide details such as passport number, contact details, health details etc.

USA rescue flight Form: https://forms.gle/EcDvEcJ5S5er3RDZA
Canada rescue flight Form: https://forms.gle/hMqBWUBp8uzKYSGe7
Australia rescue flight Form: https://forms.gle/fw7Xds2XqRAkyuTj8
INDIA INBOUND :
RESCUE FLIGHTS FROM AUSTRALIA TO INDIA: https://forms.gle/2BJ5Ae2XgkEhMJAcA
RESCUE FLIGHTS FROM USA TO INDIA: https://forms.gle/ms95wwh2GkcmzZ8s8
Please help us reach as many people as possible to help everyone reach back their homes ASAP 🙏” – the message read

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claims to be FALSE.

As per the Central Government, India will begin its evacuation from May 7 to May 13 and will evacuate Indians from 12 countries.

Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, on May 5, said that around 15,000 stranded Indians are expected to be flown back to India in 64 flights.

Meanwhile, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) in a Facebook post explicitly stated that the message in circulation is false as the forms have not been released by the Indian government. They also urged people to get information from the official websites of Indian embassies only.

“#PIBFactCheck has found that these forms have NOT been issued by the Indian Government. It is advised not to click on these fraudulent links.
People must visit the official websites of Indian embassies only for such registration.
Do not forward such #Fake messages, ” the post read. 

The above information proves that the viral message in circulation is false.

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