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7 years in jail, Rs 1 crore fine for wrong India map? Delhi mulls law

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  6 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, May 5: The rendra Modi government has decided to act against any person or institution depicting an incorrect map of India.

According to a new law that the government is considering, any online or physical representation of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) or Aruchal Pradesh as not part of India could lead to a jail term of seven years, along with a fine of up to Rs 1 crore, reports said.

Provisions to that effect will be sought under the new Geospatial Information Regulation Bill. Geospatial information refers to "any imagery or data acquired through space or aerial platforms such as satellite, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, or graphical or digital data depicting tural or man-made physical features, phenomenon or boundaries of the earth or any information including surveys, charts, maps and terrestrial photos," the report added.

Once the law is in place, all persons or institutions sharing any geospatial imagery or data on India would require permission and license from the government. Even online platforms like Google may have to apply for a license to run Google Maps and Google Earth in India. However, the Act will not apply to India's government bodies.

The law is being put in place to regulate any geospatial information that may "affect the security, sovereignty and integrity of India," the report added.

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