6 May 2016 : All of us would definitely think of getting a geography lesson after reading this!!!
Wrong depiction of India’s map like showing Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir in Pakistan or Arunachal Pradesh in China can land you in jail.
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The government will soon be introducing the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, that forbids wrong depiction, dissemination, publication or acquisition of India’s geographical features including maps. Wrong depiction of India’s map can attract a penalty ranging from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 100 crore and imprisonment up to seven years.
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The move comes after Twitter and Google had reportedly shown an incorrect map of India. This had led to a strong protest.
The bill will be debated upon in the next session of the Parliament.
The bill if passed will make it illegal for companies to provide maps without a licence. The licences will be provided only after the maps have been checked by a Security Vetting Authority (SVA).This would require online platforms like Google to apply for a license to run Google Maps or Google Earth in India and adhere to the geospatial information provided by the SVA.