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

A fact check on claims made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.

Published: 15th August 2016 10:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th August 2016 11:01 AM   |  A+A-

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By IANS

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 issued 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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