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A WhatsApp message claiming that PM Modi is giving free masks under the Swachh Bharat scheme amid the coronavirus outbreak is going viral on social media.
A Facebook post of website: ''narendrmodiawasyojna.in', where one can apparently register and claim their free mask, reads, "Due to the rising outbreak of coronavirus, our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has decided to give Karona virus masks free to all under Swachh Bharat, you can also order by clicking the link below and become part of Swachh Bharat. (translated to English)"
Modi gives out free masks through Swachh Bharat scheme
The claim is false.
Prank website is misrepresented as Govt's Swachh Bharat Scheme portal.
On visiting the website mentioned in the claim, if you scroll down, the option to place an order of masks can be seen.
The site also asks users to enter personal details such as name, phone number, address and pin code. If it was to be a government website, the URL must then with '.gov.in' or '.nic' which is not the case here. It is also mentioned that the offer is only valid until March 15, 2020.
There has been no official announcement on the distribution of free masks under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Interestingly, the website also has a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but his name has been spelt as 'Narendr Nodi'.
Following an official declaration on the website claiming it to be a prank, it can be ascertained that no free masks are being distributed under the Swachh Bharat scheme.
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