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Wrong Map? that’d be Rs 100 Crore and 7 Years in Jail

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Wrong depiction of India’s map — like one showing Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Pakistan or Arunachal Pradesh in China — can land you in jail as the Modi government is all set to enact a law that will ensure punishment for individual or institutions disseminating or publishing incorrect maps of the country.

The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, drafted by the Ministry of Home Affairs, forbids wrong depiction, dissemination, publication and acquisition of India’s geospatial information.

The proposed law provides for slapping violators inside and outside India with a fine ranging from Rs 1 crore to Rs 100 crore and imprisonment up to seven years. “Whoever depicts, disseminates, publishes or distributes any wrong or false topographic information of India, including international boundaries, in contravention of the section, shall be punished with a fine ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 100 crore and/ or imprisonment for a period up to seven years,” says the draft. “Whoever acquires any geospatial information of India in contravention of the law shall be punished with a fine ranging from Rs 1 crore to Rs 100 crore and/ or imprisonment for a period up to seven years,” the draft bill said. The government has placed the draft bill in the public domain seeking suggestions from stakeholders and it is likely to be introduced in the monsoon session of Parliament after Cabinet clearance. Once the bill is cleared by Parliament, no person will be able to alter geospatial imagery or data, including value addition, of any part of India either through any space or aerial platforms or any other means.

Read more at : http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Wrong-Map-thatd-be-Rs-100-Crore-and-7-Years-in-Jail/2016/05/06/article3417882.ece

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