Up to Rs 100 cr fine, 7 yrs in jail for wrong depiction of India map

The draft Bill also makes it mandatory to take permission from a government authority before acquiring, disseminating, publishing or distributing any geospatial information of India.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 6, 2016 10:03 am
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Wrong depiction of the map of India could soon land violators behind bars, with a maximum term of seven years and a fine up to Rs 100 crore.

The draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 states: “Whoever depicts, disseminates, publishes or distributes any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries in contravention of section 6, shall be punished with a fine ranging from Rupees ten lac to Rupees one hundred crore and/or imprisonment for a period up to seven years.”

Recently, some social networking sites wrongly depicted the geographical location of Jammu as being in Pakistan and of Kashmir in China, which was corrected after protests from the Government of India.

The draft Bill also makes it mandatory to take permission from a government authority before acquiring, disseminating, publishing or distributing any geospatial information of India.

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“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,” according to the draft Bill.

Geospatial information means geospatial imagery or data acquired through space or aerial platforms such as satellite, aircraft, airships, balloons, unmanned aerial vehicles including value addition or graphical or digital data depicting natural or man-made physical features, phenomenon or boundaries of the earth or any related information including surveys, charts, maps, terrestrial photos referenced to coordinate system and attributes.

The central government shall constitute a security vetting authority of geospatial information of India in a time-bound manner and as per regulations framed by an apex committee. It shall consist of an officer of the rank of joint secretary to the Government of India or above as chairman and two members, one a technical expert and the other, a national security expert.

The draft Bill will make it mandatory for online platforms like Google to seek a licence to run Google Maps or Google Earth in India.

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    Dipak Bose
    May 6, 2016 at 1:32 pm
    W of the world use map or globe made in China, where Taiwan is a part of China, Jammu and kashmir , Arunachal Pradesh are out of India. Why is it not possible for an Indian company to produce Indian version of the map and Globe and distribute free of charge to everyone in the World. Ambani-Adani have stolen too much money; let then do this.
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      Jeez
      May 6, 2016 at 4:10 am
      Why only 100 crores? A supreme corrupt judge was awarded 100 crores as compensation by a sitting supreme corrupt judge(after a share deal) for mistakenly showing the first supreme corrupt judge's image in a news channel for 15 seconds instead of a convicted supreme corrupt judge's image. Phew.... Compare and contrast the 100 crores.
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        khan
        May 8, 2016 at 10:00 am
        Husband has drawn wrong map at night .....arrest him
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          khan
          May 8, 2016 at 10:03 am
          Since stan independence always listen to such things. USSR collapsed, Yugoslavia collapsed, USA under trillions debts...bla bla..stan still intact
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            John
            May 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm
            Gita 4:11 - Good move by BJP. There are a few things we need to ask ourselves and this is not targeted at BJP, BUT AT ALL GOVERNMENTS IN POWER SINCE INDEPENDENCE:lt;br/gt;With about 10% of GDP spend on defence, how much land did we gain or lose since Independence. Lost land to China, lost Kashmir to stan. What did we tax payers get in return for the money spent? Zilch, Zero and nothing more . I am as patriotic as the next Indian guy but , we need think like folks at CAG and hold governements hands to the fire for their failures and make them accountable.
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              albert savio
              May 6, 2016 at 2:19 am
              But the fact is that POK is with Pak and Aksai chin with china and India cant get it back for sure. lt;br/gt;So penalise your own citizens if that's any solace The World runs on facts and they are not changing their understanding or paying any penalty to anyone. Try as you may.
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                alok gupta
                May 5, 2016 at 8:40 pm
                How in the world will you police the entire internet for badly drawn Indian maps (even if they are for nefarious purposes) ? Its physically impossible.
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                  Kamalakanta
                  May 6, 2016 at 5:57 pm
                  Paid media generally dont publish if anything written with facts and figures , against governmentlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If anybody with logic and figures try to defend TMC govt that goes under moderation and never published.
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