A post has been widely shared on social media claiming that Punjab tops the list of states in the category of foreign remittances, while Gujarat has the highest number of absconding criminals.
Objection: Punjab tops the list of states in the foreign remittances category, while Gujarat tops the list with the highest number of absconding criminals.
Fact: According to the latest RBI report on India’s remittances for 2020-2021, Maharashtra tops the list contributing 35.2% of total remittances, while Punjab has 9you with a share of 3%. Also, the Government did not categorize fugitive economic offenders based on their country of origin. The list also mentions people from other countries. Hence the claim made in the post IN A LIE.
According to the latest RBI report on India’s remittances for 2020-2021, Maharashtra tops the list of states with a share of 35.2% in total remittances in India. Punjab is 9thyou place with a share of 3%.
Even as per previous data for 2016-17, Punjab was not the highest contributing state.
Coming to the list of fugitive criminals, the Government did not categorize these persons according to the country they belong to.
The list also mentioned people from other countries. For example, Vijay Mallya was born in West Bengal and twice elected to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka. Nilesh Parekh is a Kolkata-based businessman facing a default of Rs 7,000 crore has gone offshore.
To sum up, Punjab is not the main contributor to India’s inward remittances and there is no data to suggest that Gujarat has the highest number of refugee economic offenders.