Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, apart from cyber crimes, circulation of fake news has seen an unprecedented rise in the country. Online scamsters are putting up fake news on social media platforms which are often getting spread like wildfire.
A similar fake news has come to the fore claiming that the Modi government has kept Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief payable to Central Government employees and pensioners in abeyance in view of Omicron scare.
"The undersigned is directed to say that in view of increasing cases of Omicron (COVID-19, SARS-2), it has been decided that Dearness Allowance payable to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to Central Government pensioners, payable at current rates are to be kept in abeyance so as to deal with any unprecedented situation," read the fake letter.
It further claimed that these 'orders shall be applicable to all the Central government employees and pensioners'. "The finance department of all ministries is hereby directed to control additional expenditure as justifiable," it added.
However, the government fact check agency has called it fake stating that no such order has been issued by the Finance Ministry.
"A #Fake order issued in the name of the Ministry of Finance claiming that the 'Dearness Allowance & Dearness Relief payable to Central Govt employees and pensioners will be kept in abeyance' is in circulation," tweeted PIB Fact Check.
No such order has been issued by the Ministry of Finance, it added.
A #Fake order issued in the name of the Ministry of Finance claiming that the 'Dearness Allowance & Dearness Relief payable to Central Govt employees and pensioners will be kept in abeyance' is in circulation.#PIBFactCheck— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) January 3, 2022
▶️No such order has been issued by the @FinMinIndia. pic.twitter.com/DnZ4IY91FF
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