Fact Check: Did Delhi Govt Ask For Coal Donation Through A Newspaper Advt? Here’s The Truth

As concerns are being raised about India’s coal supplies running critically low, many states including Delhi are likely to face power shortages. In this backdrop, a screenshot of  ‘Hindustan’ newspaper purportedly showing an advertisement by Delhi government seeking coal donation from people has gone viral on social media.

Besides Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s photo, the screenshot has a text that reads, “बिजली की कमी दूर करने के लिए कोयला दान देकर दिल्ली सरकार की मदद करें” (English translation: Help Delhi Government by donating coal to overcome power shortage)

The text further reads, “आपका एक तसल्ला कोयला पूरे दिल्ली का अंधेरा दूर कर सकता है” (English translation: Your one pan of coal can remove darkness of entire Delhi)

The link to the post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here, here, here and here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.

On closely observing the newspaper, we found that on the bottom right corner ‘satire’ can be seen.

We also found that the place mentioned in the newspaper was, ‘Muzaffarpur’, which is in Bihar and the date was mentioned as July 9, 2021.

We searched and looked at the Hindustan paper of July 9, 2021. We found that then Delhi government had announced ex gratia for families of COVID victims.

In the comparison below, we can see that the original cover was edited to make it look like the Delhi government asking for coal donations.

Hence, we can conclude that a morphed image has gone viral with fake claims.

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