New Delhi/Nagpur: A photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted by Press Information Bureau on its website purportedly showing him in a helicopter during an aerial survey of flood-hit Chennai on Thursday was removed after questions were raised in social media about its authenticity.
The Prime Minister made an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Chennai, its suburbs and Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts. He arrived from Delhi at naval working station INS Rajali in Arakkonam, about 60 km from Chennai.
In the picture, houses and water were reportedly seen clearly which Twitterati felt could not be possible during an aerial survey.
Soon after questions were raised about the authenticity of the picture, PIB took it off from its website.
When contacted, PIB officials did not deny the goof up. The Prime Minister announced an immediate release of Rs 1,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation works in Tamil Nadu.
The PIB was trolled by Twitteratis for the faux pas. Here are some of the tweets.
Really @PIB_India ?? At least hire a good photoshop artist and a smart SM person who sends out both before after pictures!
— P B (@PBnrg) December 3, 2015
EPIC Failure photoshop of narendra modi checking out chennai.. by PIB_India id. pic.twitter.com/j5FAvM8FjY — Abhishek S N (@snabhi) December 3, 2015
PM was doing Aerial Survey. Why on earth would PIB wish to Photoshop the Pic of PM doing Aerial Survey? Sheer stupidity
— Joy (@Joydas) December 3, 2015
Y would @PIB_India photoshop the original pic.If PM had actually visited flooded sites y cant u just leave the pic as it is.#ChennaiFloods — samuel morries (@samuelmorries7) December 3, 2015