A photograph showing an Indian Oil-Adani Gas fuel pump has been shared on social media with a claim that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government has sold Indian Oil Corporation Ltd to the Adani Group of Industries.
However, we found that Indian Oil-Adani Gas Private Limited (IOAGPL) is a 50-50 joint venture company of Indian Oil Corporation and Adani group, and was founded in 2013.
The viral image was shared with a caption that read, “बिक गया इंडियन ऑयल..!बधाई हो भक्तो |” [Translation: Look followers, Indian Oil has been sold out]
The photo was widely shared on Facebook and Twitter with similar captions.
The photo was also sent to us as a query on our WhatsApp tipline.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We looked up Indian Oil-Adani Group Private Ltd (IOAGPL) on Google and found a link to their website.
The about page says, “Indian Oil-Adani Gas Pvt Ltd (IOAGPL) is a joint venture company of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) – a Maharatna Company of Government of India and Adani Gas Ltd (AGL), a leading city gas distribution company and part of Adani Group.”
Indian Oil Corporations Ltd’s (IOCL) official website also mentions Adani Gas Ltd as a partner and says the company is in the business of gas distribution in cities.
While looking up IOAGPL, we also came across a news report on BloombergQuint that said that the two organisations went into a joint venture in 2013.
We then looked up the company on Bloomberg’s website and found the company listed with all its details.
We also came across a ‘Sustainability Report’ published by Indian Oil in 2013-2014, which mentioned ‘Adani Gas’ under its joint ventures.
Various such claims have gone viral in the past, which claimed that the government has sold airport, railways to corporate groups like Adani and Ambani. We have debunked these claims in the past.
Evidently, this photo has been shared out of context to claims that the Centre has sold Indian Oil Corporation Ltd to the Adani Group of Industries.