The opposition more often than not accuses the center of privatizing government entities. The ongoing farmers’ agitation is also against alleged corporate organization of agriculture.
In the middle of this, a picture of a railway platform ticket goes viral with ‘Adani Railway’ in Hindi on it. Another line in Hindi translates to: “Railway is now our private property.” The platform ticket, apparently from the Pune train station, also mentions other general information, such as date, time, ticket number and a price of Rs 50.
While sharing the photo, users on social media criticized the government for ‘selling’ the railways to Adani Group. Many also said that Adani Group increased the platform ticket price from Rs 10 to Rs 50.
India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the picture is changing. The original image does not contain ‘Adani Railway’ or the text that Railways is the private property of the Group. However, it is true that Indian Railways has raised platform ticket prices to reduce the crowds at train stations in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The claim went viral social media. The archive of the viral post can be seen here.
We found out to examine the picture many users posted the original picture in August this year. One of them was journalist Prashant Kanojia, who criticized the government for raising the price of platform tickets from 5 to 50 million.
In response to Kanojia’s tweet, Indian Railways’ spokesman explained on August 18 that the price of platform tickets at Pune train station had been increased to prevent pressure and maintain social distance due to coronavirus.
Railway Spokesman (@SpokespersonIR) 17 August 2020
At that time, the chief executive of the railway board, UK Yadav, also said that the divisions of the railway managers had been instructed to increase the ticket prices to avoid crowds at stations. However, he added that the increased prices will be reviewed after the pandemic.
What is the current price?
For further verification, AFWA reached the PRO of Pune Railway Division, Manoj Jhawar. He told us that the price of the platform ticket at Pune station is still Rs 50 and that the tickets are only issued in special cases to those accompanying parents or other travelers.
‘The Indian Express“Also published a report on this issue in August.
Another report by ‘The Indian Express”Says that a private firm called Bharat Vikas Group (BVG) has been managing the Pune train station since February 2019 after the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC) appointed private agencies as ‘facilities manager’ at the station.
Railways, Adani and fake news
This is not the first time that industrialist Gautam Adani and his group have been dragged to misleading posts regarding ‘privatization of Indian railways’.
A few days earlier, a video showing ads for ‘Fortune’ products and ‘Adani Wilmar’ in a train was hit with the allegation that the Indian government had sold the Railways to Adani Group. AFWA then unleash the statement.
In September, a similar claim went viral with a video of a moving truck with ‘Adani’ on it. AFWA found it claims misleading also.
Claim‘Adani Railway’ now appears on platform tickets in Pune, with the inscription that Railways is now the private property of Adani Group. ClosureThe picture is changed. The original image does not contain ‘Adani Railway’ or the caption. But the Indian Railways temporarily increased the price of the platform ticket in Pune to reduce the pressure in the face of the pandemic.
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- 1 Crow: Half true
- 2 crows: mostly lies
- 3 crows: absolutely false