Netizens are sharing an image of a petrol pump named 'Indian Oil- Adani group'. This image is being shared with the claim that the Central government has sold Indian Oil to Adani Group.
The posts are intended to portray that the BJP government is selling all the government sector organisations to the Adani group. Since contentious farm laws were passed, posts claiming the government has sold several public sector units to Adani group are viral on social media. A few untrue claims The Logical Indian has debunked here, here, here and here.
The post is viral on Twitter.
Congress MLA Kunal Patil also tweeted the image with the caption, "Indian oil is Adani Gas, India's wealth is Adani's treasure!"
The image is also viral on Facebook.
Indian Oil is now owned by the Adani group.
The Logical Indian searched on the website of Indian Oil Corporations and found in the about us section that Indian Oil Corporations (IOC) have many subsidiaries and joint ventures. Adani Group is one of the joint ventures of IOC along with many other corporates.
We also checked on the about us section of Indian Oil Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd. and it mentioned, "IndianOil-Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd. (IOAGPL) is a joint venture company of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) – a Maharatna Company of Government of India and Adani Gas Ltd. (AGL), a leading city gas distribution company and part of Adani Group."
On searching for Indian Oil Adani Gas on Zaubacorp we found that the company was registered on October 4, 2013. Hence, the company was registered during the UPA-II regime and not under the NDA regime.
PIB Fact Check also tweeted to refute the viral claim. PIB Fact Check tweeted, "It is being claimed on social media that Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. has been sold to a private entity.#PIBFactCheck: This claim is #Fake. The image exhibited is of IndianOil-Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd. which is a joint venture company of @IndianOilcl and Adani Gas Ltd."
It is being claimed on social media that Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. has been sold to a private entity.#PIBFactCheck: This claim is #Fake. The image exhibited is of IndianOil-Adani Gas Pvt. Ltd. which is a joint venture company of @IndianOilcl and Adani Gas Ltd. pic.twitter.com/CYwp0AdDDd— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) February 17, 2021
Hence, the viral claim that Indian Oil Corporation has been sold to the Adani group by the current government is false.
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