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Fact Check: Post claiming Assam priests will get a monthly stipend of Rs. 15000 is misleading

Conclusion – Vishvas news investigated this post and found it misleading. The state government will provide one time assistance of Rs 15000 to priests and ‘Namgharias’, not monthly salary.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: November 11, 2021

Guwahati (Vishvas News): A post is going viral on social media with the claim that Assam govt has been decided to pay monthly salaries of Rs 15,000 per month to ‘Namgharia’s and Priests from the temples in Assam. Vishvas news investigated this post and found it misleading. The state government will provide one time assistance of Rs 15000 to priests and ‘Namgharias’, not monthly salary.

What is this viral post?

Facebook page Er. Prabhat Sharma shared this viral post on 9 November 2021 and wrote :

सनातनियों देख लो ये मर्दानगी..

असम की हिमंत बिस्वा सरकार ने मंदिर के पुजारियों को ₹15000 का हर महीने वित्तीय अनुदान प्रदान करने का निर्णय लिया है…

चलो कोई तो योगी जी के बाद एक येसा नेता है जो हिन्दूओं के बारे में सोच रहा है…

योगी जी और हिमंता दादा को हिंदुओंका नमन और वंदन

जय श्री राम

English Translation of the same as

Sanatanis, see this manhood..

Assam’s Himant Biswa government has decided to provide a financial grant of ₹ 15000 every month to temple priests…

After Yogi ji, there is a leader who is thinking about Hindus…

Hindus salute and salute to Yogi ji and Himanta Dada

Similar posts have also been reported by other social media groups in various ways. Below is a link like this –

https://www.facebook.com/TheMalal/posts/1080477222490386

The archive link of the post can be viewed by clicking here and here.

Investigation

As Vishvas News started searching with relevant keywords. First, we checked the press conference addressed by State Health Minister Mr. Keshab Mahanta right after the Cabinet meeting in Assam held on November 04. In the press conference, the Health Minister clearly mentioned that the Assam Government will provide one-time assistance of Rs 15,000 to ‘Namgharias’ and temple Preists, as they are in great financial crisis due to the Covid19 pandemic. The Minister never mentioned in the press conference that State Govt will give this amount of money every month. What the minister said can be clearly seen at in the below video link from 0.41 seconds to 0.59 seconds.

We saw a post on Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma’s Verified Facebook page. The post mentions that the state government has decided to provide one time assistance of Rs 15000 to ‘Namgharia’s and Temple Preists. Link below.

https://www.facebook.com/himantabiswasarma/photos/pcb.10158842044373983/10158842043888983

Various news groups from Assam also published the news of the cabinet decisions which mentions one time assistance to ‘Namgharias’ and ‘Priests.’

A news link from the ETV Bharat – 

https://www.etvbharat.com/assamese/assam/state/kamrup-metropolitan/decision-of-the-assam-cabinet-etv-bharat-assam/assam20211104175203065

Vishvas News contacted Journalist Jayanta Kalita from Amar Asom, a leading daily, in this connection. He told us that “this post is misleading. No one has said that monthly salary will be payed to Priests and Namgharias of Assam. Yes, the state government has decided to give them Rs 15,000, that is true. But this money is a one-time aid only, not a monthly pay.”

In the final phase of the investigation, we scanned the profile of the Facebook page Er Prabhat Sharma. We found that the page is followed by 49,323 people.

Conclusion: Conclusion – Vishvas news investigated this post and found it misleading. The state government will provide one time assistance of Rs 15000 to priests and ‘Namgharias’, not monthly salary.

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