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Prime Minister Narendra Modi worked at a tea stall owned by his father, Damodar Das.

An RTI query has revealed that there was no available record to show that PM Modi's father owned a tea stall at Vadnagar railway station.

An RTI query has revealed that there was no available record to show that PM Modi's father owned a tea stall at Vadnagar railway station.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time and again mentioned his father’s tea stall at Vadnagar railway station’s platform in Gujarat, where the PM claims he worked during his childhood days, prior to his career in politics. In Sept. 2019, the Gujarat government announced that it would face-lift the same tea stall and turn it into a tourist spot. However, there has been no substantial proof showing that PM Modi’s father tea shop existed.

In 2015, Congress supporter and social activist Tehseen Poonawalla sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Railway Board, whether there was any record, registration number, or official pass issued to Modi allowing or entitling him to sell tea on trains and at stations. Poonawalla quoted the RTI response from the railway ministry, which said that ‘no such information is available in TG III Branch of Tourism and Catering Directorate of Railway Board.’

On Aug. 23, 2020, the Central Information Commission declined an appeal filed by Pawan Parik, an RTI activist and lawyer, via an RTI application, seeking details about the tea shop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s father, Damodar Das.

This was the second appeal filed by Parik. Two years ago, he had filed an RTI application with Central Public Information Officer, Western Railway, seeking information on the tea shop run by the prime minister’s father, according to a Live Law report. Parik sought certified copies of documents about the license or permit issued for the tea stall in question. He filed the second appeal after not receiving a reply in this regard and approached the Central Information Commission.

The CPIO, however, claimed that it had not received any RTI application and first appeal before Jun. 17 2020 – when it was received along with a second appeal notice. The CPIO further submitted that the information sought was too old and that the Ahmedabad division had maintained no record of that period.

Since, there is no information on the matter at the time of writing, this claim is unverifiable.

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