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No, PM Modi did not claim to treat one crore COVID19 patients free of cost, India TV misquoted him

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A screenshot of India TV graphic is going viral on social media in which, the channel misquoted PM Modi's statement on Ayushman Bharat health scheme and linked it to COVID-19.

Recently, a screenshot of an India TV graphic claiming that ''Prime Minister Narendra Modi said one crore COVID-19 patients have been treated for free in his Man ki Baat radio address' is going viral on social media. 

A Twitter user shared the screenshot and wrote, "Education Matters !!! so far, approx 62 lakhs #COVID19 cases reported Worldwide and He claim to treated 1 crore in India alone and that to be free!! either Govt is hiding the Data or He is lying (as usual)."

The same screenshot is also going on Facebook as well. 

We also received a request on Twitter to check the veracity of the viral screenshot. 

The truth behind the claim

 IIn our investigation we found PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat radio address on May 31st. In his address, PM Modi discussed the COVID-19 situation in the country along with discussing other programs one of which was the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (PMJAY) popularly known as the Ayushman Bharat health scheme.

At the 17:55 minute mark, the PM starts to address the Ayushman Bharat scheme and at 18:05 highlights that in a year and a half since the scheme's launch, over 1 crore people have benefited from the scheme since its launch in September 2018 and did not link it to the COVID-19 cases in the country.

The India TV graphic misquoted this statement by the PM by linking it to COVID-19. On 1st June, India TV issued a correction clarifying that the graphic was a 'human error' and that India did not have so many cases.

India currently has the eighth highest number of cases in the world with over 1,90,535 cases and over 5,167 deaths, till June 1, 2020.

In conclusion, a screenshot of India TV graphic is going viral on social media in which, the channel misquoted PM Modi's statement on Ayushman Bharat health scheme and linked it to COVID-19.

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