Question: Under the proposed Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016 the wrongful depiction of the map of India will lead to an imprisonment of seven years and a fine of up to-
(a) 100 Crore
(b) 50 Crore
(c) 25 Crore
(d) 10 Crore
- The Ministry of Home Affairs on May 4, 2016 released a draft of “The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016.
- According to the draft, it will be mandatory to take permission from a government authority before acquiring, disseminating, publishing or distributing any geospatial information of India.
- As per the provisions in the Bill, a wrongful depiction of the map of India will lead to an imprisonment of seven years and a fine of up to Rs 100 crore.
- Whoever depicts, disseminates, publishes or distributes any wrong or false topographic information of India including international boundaries in contravention of section 6, shall be punished with a fine ranging from Rupees ten lacks to Rupees one hundred crore and/or imprisonment for a period up to seven years.
- Pakistan has complained to the United Nations against India’s draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill-2016.