A post is being circulated on various social media platforms claiming that the Railway Ministry will cut or hold salaries of their employees in 2020-21 due to financial crunch. The post is being viral on social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter, triggering panic among railway employees. The viral claim on social media says that Railways was forced to take such measures due to the economic conditions prevailing due to the lockdown measures during the coronavirus pandemic. Here's a FACT CHECK on the claim.
Railway Ministry has decided not to pay or hold salaries and pensions to their employees in 2020-21 due to financial crunch
The Press Information Bureau (PIB) has rejected the viral claim regarding salaries and pensions of Railways employees as misleading and false. It added saying that there was no such plan by the Ministry of Railways. "The claim is False. No such move is being discussed or contemplated by Ministry of Railways".
Claim- Railways has decided not to pay salaries to their employees in 2020-21 due to financial crunch.#PIBFactCheck- The claim is #False. No such move is being discussed or contemplated by @RailMinIndia. pic.twitter.com/eshYnDdTqO— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) August 22, 2020
Meanwhile, dismissing the claim, Indian Railways has categorically denied the claim and termed it to be completely false. It said that no such move has been discussed or been contemplated by the government.
Fact: Any such claims are false as no such move is being discussed or contemplated by the Ministry of Railways
At present, when the country is coping with COVID-19 pandemic the social media platforms are flooded with false information. The government has time and again urged people to NOT fall prey to such rumours. We also advise you to not spread such unsubstantiated news on social media. Such unverified news creates unnecessary panic among people and can potentially have serious consequences.