Prime Minister's 70th Independence Day Speech: Fact Check
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying floral tributes at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, on the occasion of 70th Independence Day, in Delhi on August 15, 2016.
IndiaSpend/FactChecker did a live fact check on the claims made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his independence-day speech at Red Fort on August 15, 2016.
The main facts, checked and storified:
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY) was launched on August 15, 2015, and balance in the accounts increased 85% over one year, from Rs 22,033 crore to Rs 40,795 crore, IndiaSpend reported on August 13, 2016.
Air India has made operating profit: PM. But total loss is $7.3 billion = India’s health spend; debt $6.3 billion. https://t.co/9dHjvqi1e8— Fact Check India (@FactCheckIndia) August 15, 2016
The Prime Minister also announced a scheme to provide Rs 1 lakh per poor person for healthcare. As many as 39 millon poor people are pushed into poverty due to healthcare expenses, IndiaSpend reported on February 26, 2016.