New Delhi: If anyone, including the natural individual or a fictitious character like Company is tampering with the Maps of the India or wrongly depicting the same like wrongly showing Pakistan as occupied Kashmir in Pakistan, or Arunachal Pradesh in China, then this will now be strictly punishable.
Now the Government in the country is fixed to bring out a new law, which would be named as ‘Geospatial Information Regulation Act’ this year and this law will be providing for the prohibition on the wrong depiction, dissemination, publication or even acquisition of the geospatial information of the country (India).
With such provisions prohibiting the said tampering with the India’s map, this upcoming new law will also be punishing those who will disobey with the said provisions, who may be from inside the country, or outside the country, considerably by penalising them with a fine ranging from 10 lakh rupees to 100 crore of rupees. Besides such penalty there can also be a long term punishment like, seven years of imprisonment to the violators.
Thus, the coming Act, which is now in the form of Bill, will be clearly stating that no one should “depict, disseminate, publish or distribute any wrong or false topographic information of India, including the international boundaries through Internet platforms or online services or in any electronic or physical form.”
Moreover, this coming law will also punish the persons acquiring the geospatial information of India in contravention of the law. And the punishment for the same will be in the form of fine which would be ranging from 1 crore of rupees to 100 crore of rupees, or there will be jail for the period up to 7 years.
Now the government has put the said bill for the Public debate, and it is now set to bring the same in the next session of the Parliament. Moreover, as per the sources the said bill will be, after a month or so time, would be put by the Union Home Ministry for the Cabinet clearance.