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Central government has not launched any new scheme for providing money to siblings ahead of Raksha Bandhan


A video is being widely shared on social media claiming that the Narendra Modi government is going to deposit money into the accounts of siblings on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Further, the video explains about Uttar Pradesh government’s Divyang Pension Yojana and the eligibility criteria for the scheme. Let’s verify the claim made in the viral video.

Claim: The central government came up with a new scheme where money is deposited into the accounts of siblings as Raksha Bandhan’s gift.

Fact: Neither the central government nor any state government had made any such official announcement on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. However, the later part of the video rightly explains about Divyang pension yojana of the Uttar Pradesh government and its eligibility criteria. Hence, the post is partially true and is Misleading.

On a relevant keyword search to learn about the claim made in the video, we found that no such official announcement was made by the government. Subsequent research showed that no state government made such a declaration. Further keyword searches related to such news directed us to similar videos being shared by the same channel (here and here). Also, various news articles (here and here) debunked these claims shared by this channel.

The video further goes to explain the Divyang Pension scheme. The details shared in the video are found to be true.

The central government sponsors various pension schemes under National Social Assistance Programme that came into effect on 15 August 1995. The programme comprises Indira Gandhi Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), the Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS), the Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS), the National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS), and Annapurna scheme. Under IGNDPS, the pensioner who is 18 years and above with 80% of disability avails Rs. 300/- till 80 years of age after which the beneficiary will get Rs.500/- per month.

Over and above this amount, each state has its own pension scheme with different eligibility criteria and grants. Divyang Pension Yojana is one such initiative of the Uttar Pradesh state government under an integrated pension scheme called Divyang and leprosy pension to provide financial assistance every month to the disabled. The scheme was launched in 2016 according to which, the beneficiary should be at least 18 years of age and have 40% disability in order to avail of the grant of Rs. 1000/- per month. 

To sum up, the Central government has not launched any new scheme for depositing money into the bank accounts of siblings ahead of Raksha Bandhan.


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