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Fact Check: Is government really reducing 30 per cent pension?

Several fake messages are doing round on the social media regarding coronavirus, Don’t believe them

The government and authorities are not fighting just with the deadly virus, they are also fighting a war against fake news too. Every day, hundreds of fake messages are created and forwarded via social media, especially on WhatsApp. Authorities have to often take to social media to clear the air about the fake news that is misleading people. One of those false claims say that the Indian government is going to reduce pension by 30 per cent and terminate it for people above 80 years of age in the wake of the novel coronavirus.

If you have seen posts, message and story on Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Twitter or anywhere else claiming the same, we want to tell you that those are fake. The Press Information Bureau (PIB) of central government quashed those rumours via a Twitter post.

Check out the tweet here:

Once the officials debunked the false news, many have thanked the agency for clearing the air.

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One of the Twitter user wrote, “Was frightened with this news but feeling relaxed now”. However, a retired government official (as per his bio on Twitter) said that it was not sufficient only to clarify that the rumours were fake. He wanted an enquiry into this and the person responsible to spread the rumours to be taken to the task so that nobody dares to spread rumours or fake news.

Here are some of the fake news that is being spread to create ruckus in the society. We are putting the fake message as they were so there could be grammar mistakes.

Good news, Wuhan’s corona virus can be cured by one bowl of freshly boiled water. Old Chinese doctor has proven its efficiency. Many patients has also proven this to be effective. Eight (8) cloves of chopped garlics and seven (7) cups water and bring to boil. Eat and drink the boiled garlic water, overnight improvement and healing. Glad to share this.D

Director Zhenxing informed that the Wuhan virus is not heat resistant and will be killed in a temperature of 26-27 degrees. So, drink plenty of hot water. Can tell relatives and friends to drink hot water for prevention

We are sure you are too receiving these kinds of WhatsApp forwards. We urge you to not believe any message until the content is verified. If you want information, try verified sources like recognized media channels and web portals.

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