In its diary,Himachal pushes PoK off India’s map

In an embarrassing goof-up for the Himachal Pradesh Government,its official diary for year 2009 shows Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.....

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published: February 10, 2009 12:44 am

In an embarrassing goof-up for the Himachal Pradesh Government,its official diary for year 2009 shows Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as being outside the country’s boundaries.

India’s map published on the turn-page of the diary’s cover shows the network of India’s National Highways where PoK,printed in a different shade,isn’t a part of India.

A dotted line does indicate the authentic outline of the India’s boundary but a computer generated shade alters the original image.

Even Aksai Chin is wrongly printed.

“This is a mistake committed inadvertently while printing the diary. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Monday morning told the concerned officers to look into the lapse and submit a report in this regard,” a senior official told The Indian Express on Monday.

“The Chief Minister,who returned to the Capital on Sunday night after his winter move to Dharamsala and after attending BJP’s Nagpur conclave,has been apprised of the issue. He is quite upset about it,” a CM’s aide said.

The diary is printed every year and the printing order runs into several thousands for distribution among ministers,MLAs,mediapersons (both within and outside state),bureaucrats and other government officials.

Media reports say that Chief Secretary Asha Swaroop has taken up the issue with the department of printing and stationery and sought a report from them. Sources said the diaries were printed at a private printing press in Chandigarh and hundreds of copies have already been distributed.

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