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100 Cr Fine & 7 Yrs Jail For Wrong Depiction Of India Map

According to the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, "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 Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 1 crore and/or imprisonment for a period up to 7 years."

The rule came into light after some networking sites recently showed the North Indian state of Jammu as a part of Pakistan and Kashmir of China. Following the protests raised by the Government of India, the social networking sites corrected they're mistakes.

Geospatial information means geospatial imagery or data acquired through space or aerial platforms like satellite, aircraft, airships, balloons, unmanned aerial vehicles along with value addition or graphical or digital data depicting natural or man-made physical features, phenomenon or boundaries of the earth or any related information including surveys, charts, maps, terrestrial photos referenced to coordinate system and attributes.

The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill makes it compulsory to seek permission from a government authority prior to publishing or distributing, acquiring and disseminating any geospatial information of India. The draft Bill will also make it compulsory for online search engines like Google to take a license to run Google Earth or Google Maps in India.