Fact check of Prime Minister's 70th Independence Day speech

| Monday, August 15, 2016 - 12:39
First Published |
Fact check, PM Modi, Independence Day speech, Red fort, 70th Independence Day

New Delhi: A fact check on claims made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort:
* Claim: Linked 700 million to Aadhar and direct benefits
Fact: 716.7 million Aadhar-linked beneficiaries through various schemes as on March 31, 2016
* Claim: Solar energy grew by 116 per cent over one year
Fact: Growth of 95 per cent from 4 GW in June 2015 to 7.8 GW in June 2016
* Claim: Added 201 million people under JDY
Fact: More than 228 million bank accounts opened, 24 percent have no money
* Claim: Five million connections under Ujjwala LPG scheme
Fact: Applications cleared -- 3.5 million, connections issed to 1.7 million households
* Claim: Mudra yojna benefited 35 million families; 80 per cent women benefitted
Fact: In 2015-16, 34.8 million accounts received loans; 79 per cent loans were for women, 18 per cent for SCs and 5 per cent for STs.

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