NEW DELHI: Depiction of a wrong map of India like showing Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) or the state of Arunachal Pradesh as not a part of India on any online or electronic platform or physical documents could mean a stiff jail term of seven years along with an heavy fine of up to Rs 100 Crore, as per a new law being proposed by the Narendra Modi government. View more at #Hindustan360 .
What does media says
The move comes after the Narendra Modi government’s criticism of the Western media and companies that displayed maps minus the two parts.
The Bill has been called the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill and would be brought before the Parliament soon. The Home Ministry has put the Bill before the public and asked for their comments, after which they would be moving ahead with it.
[source – Being Indian]
The draft bill now specifies penalties on the offenders for wrong depiction of the map of India. “Whoever depicts, disseminates, publishes or distributes any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries shall be punished with a fine ranging from Rupees 10 lakh lac to Rupees 100 Crore and/or imprisonment for a period up-to seven years,” the draft provision says. When the offender is a company, every person responsible for the conduct of business shall be liable.
[surce – India Times]
The proposed law also brings tough provisions saying any person or institution acquiring and disseminating any geospatial imagery or data of any part of India through space or aerial platforms will have to first seek permission and license from a government authority.This could mean that online platforms like Google will have to apply for a license to run Google Maps or Google Earth in India. The authority will run “sensitivity checks” on the imagery to protect India’s security and sovereignty, as per the law. The penalty for acquires any geospatial information or disseminating it in India or outside India without a license to do so will also attract a punishment of seven-year jail and fine up to Rs 100 crore, as per the law.
[source – Kashmir Observer]
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