An alleged statement attributed to Ratan Tata has been making the rounds on social media. It is being claimed that Tata suggested that the government should stop offering subsidies to those who buy alcohol. The quote attributed to him reads, “Liquor should be sold through Aadhaar card. Government food subsidies should be stopped for liquor buyers. Those who have the facility to buy alcohol can definitely buy food. We give them free food and they buy liquor with the leftover money.”

Retired Air Marshal Anil Chopra of the Indian Air Force tweeted a screenshot of the alleged quote. The post was liked by more than 4,000 handles and retweeted more than 900 times at the time of writing. (Archive link)

Senior advocate Ravi Shankar Janadhyala has shared a graphic featuring Ratan Tata with the same message written in Telugu. (Archive link)

Several other users retweeted the post. (1, 2, 3 and 4)

This picture has also made its way to Facebook. Alt News noticed that it had actually been circulated online since May 2021. (1, 2, 3, 4)

Fake quote

We could not find any media reports to corroborate the alleged statement by Ratan Tata. The industrialist himself took to Instagram to clarify that the quote is fake.

Even in the past, statements falsely attributed to Ratan Tata have gone viral online. He also debunked these fake messages on several occasions on Twitter.

Tata tweeted a clarification on one such fake statement on April 11, 2020. “If I have something to say, I will say it on my official channels. I urge you to verify media circulated on WhatsApp and social platforms.”

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