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The official handle of Congress Seva Dal, Karnataka shared 5 Years old picture of the Ganga river to target PM Modi

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Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a video of him picking up trash on the beach in Tamil Nadu’s Mamallapuram sending across a strong message to the nation about the importance of keeping surroundings clean and highlighting the Swachh  Bharat Mission. Since then the picture of PM Modi is getting viral on social media with different claim

The official tweeter handle of Karnataka Pradesh Congress SevaDal shared two pictures highlighting the poor state of the river Ganga. The first photo showed Modi picking up trash on a beach, and the second photo showed dirty shore of the river. The caption reads "Pic 1-Modi cleaning Taj Fisherman Cove's beach. Pic 2-With a budget of Rs20k cr, Ganga is a pic of utter negligence with black sewage with plastic litter, carcasses, trash,human&animal excreta giving rise to a toxic cocktail. Can we expect a clean MaGanga with all cameras & money?"

Here is the picture shared by them.

Our Investigation

Using Reverse image research on google, we found that the photograph used by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress SevaDal in its tweet is not recent. We came across links that had posted this very videos in 2015 and 2016 in which the same photo can be seen.

According to the Shutterstock website, the video posted on 20 February 2015 is from Varanasi where people washing laundry on dirty shore of the Ganges.

Fact

The video shared by Congress Seva Dal, Karnataka is from 2015.

Actions taken by govt to clean the river Ganga: Before the election, India Today TV covered the stretch on Ganga from Uttarakhand to Bihar and reported the work completed, the work in progress and unfulfilled promises, under the mission. They utilised data from NMCG website and reported 63 sewerage projects have been setup along the river from Uttarakhand till West Bengal. Nineteen of them had started functioning in Uttarakhand by March this year.

You can read the detailed report here.

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