Fact Check: Claim That Yogi Government Has Announced Free Mobile Recharge For 3 Months Is Fake

Many social media users are sharing a post with a claiming that Yogi Adityanath government has announced free recharge for Jio, Airtel and Vi connections. The post claims that Yogi government has announced the benefits after winning the recent Uttar Pradesh State Assembly Elections.

The post reads, “उत्तर प्रदेश में फिर से योगी सरकार बनने की ख़ुशी में सभी भारतीय यूजर्स* को *3 महीने* का रिचार्ज फ्री में दिया जा रहा है। अगर आपके पास *Jio*, *Airtel* या *Vi* का सिम हैं तो आप इस ऑफर का लाभ उठा सकते है । *नोट:-* नीचे दी गई लिंक पर क्लिक करके अपना फ़्री रीचार्ज प्राप्त करें। https://youtu.be/dg81wo7DT9o *कृपया ध्यान दे:* यह ऑफर केवल *15 APRIL 2022* तक ही सिमित है!जल्दी करें..!”(English translation, “*All Indian users* are being given *3 months* free of cost recharge in *Uttar Pradesh as Yogi government came to power again. If you have *Jio*, *Airtel* or *Vi* SIM then you can avail this offer. *Note:-* Get your free recharge by clicking on the link below. https://youtu.be/dg81wo7DT9o *ATTENTION PLEASE. This offer is limited till *15 APRIL 2022* only! Hurry up..!”)

The link to the post can be seen here.

FACT CHECK

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

We found that most of the users had shared links to a YouTube video. On clicking the link we found that the video was removed from YouTube for violating their social media policy on spam, deceptive practices and scams.

Further, we couldn’t find any media report to suggest that UP Government has announced such schemes.

We also found that PIB Fact Check had also tweeted to refute a similar viral claim and called it a fraud. PIB Fact check had tweeted, “#FraudAlert एक #WhatsApp मैसेज में दावा किया जा रहा है कि भारत सरकार 3 महीने के लिए 100 मिलियन उपयोगकर्ताओं को मुफ्त इंटरनेट प्रदान कर रही है। #PIBFactCheck: यह दावा #फ़र्ज़ी है। भारत सरकार द्वारा ऐसी कोई घोषणा नहीं की गयी है।” (English translation, ” A #WhatsApp message is claiming that the Indian government is providing free internet to 100 million users for 3 months. #PIBFactCheck : This claim is false. No such announcement has been made by the Government of India.”)

Based on the above, we can ascertain that the viral post is fake.

 

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