Smriti Irani Did Say 80 Crore Families In Her Interview With Aaj Tak

Smriti Irani was mercilessly trolled online when her statement was mistranslated by the news channel, Aaj Tak.

India   |   18 May 2020 4:02 PM GMT / Updated : 2020-11-27T23:10:23+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Smriti Irani Did Say 80 Crore Families In Her Interview With Aaj Tak

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[Correction: The Logical Indian apologises misreporting in the earlier article.

The Logical Indian in its earlier article had said that Smriti Irani has not said 80 crore 'families' in the entire duration of her interaction with Aaj Tak. However, she does mention 80 crore families at the end part of the interview.]

Union Minister Smriti Irani was extensively trolled after she allegedly made a statement that the Modi government had provided ration to 80 crore citizens in India.

The statement was made during an interaction with Aaj Tak journalist Anjana Om Kashyap on the channel's LIVE debate.

The claim has been extensively circulated on social media. Netizens asked how can PM Modi provide ration to 80 crore families when there are only 25 crore families in India.

Srivatsa Y B, National campaign in-charge of Indian Youth Congress tweeted on the issue. His tweet was shared over 4000 times.

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill also tweeted on the matter.


Smriti Irani said that the Modi government had provided ration to 80 crore families in India.

Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

Aaj Tak had displayed a ticker that read "80 crore families" despite the minister saying, 80 crore citizens.

She used the Hindi word 'nagarik' which translates to citizens in English and not family when the ticker appeared. In the video of her speech at exactly 1:22 timestamp, she can be heard making the statement.

Smriti Irani said that under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package around 80 crore citizens will get benefitted.

However, at 17:01 timestamp she does mention 80 crore families.

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Claim Review :  Smriti Irani said that the Modi government had provided ration to 80 crore families in India.
Claimed By :  Social media posts
Fact Check :  Misleading
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