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Under the COVID-19 online education purpose, the government is providing free laptops to all the students.

This information is false. The government has asked to be aware of such fraud messages and links.

This information is false. The government has asked to be aware of such fraud messages and links.Hackers and cyber scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by sending fraudulent emails and messages that attempt to trick into clicking on malicious links or opening attachments.

The Ministry of Electronics and IT had issued an advisory on March 20, 2020, asking social media companies to inform users about not posting false news that can create panic among the public and disturb social tranquillity.

There are many viral messages and posts circulated regarding the government of India is providing free laptops, smartphones, and other electronic gadgets to help students cope up with their education, which has been affected due to COVID-19.

They provide a link to be clicked or registered. If the link is official it connects it to a government website, but here in case of fraud claims, it redirects to a different page.

The government has informed the public to be aware of such messages and not to register themselves with those links. The government has a COVID portal in MyGov site which provides all official information regarding COVID-19.

In the Finance Commission meeting with the Ministry of Human Resource Development held on June 29, 2020, to reduce the social inequity in online education coming to the fore due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centre has proposed long-term measures, including plans to distribute laptops or tablets to college and university students over the next five years, and to equip all government schools with information and communication technology.

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