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India rejects Pak's objection to draft bill on wrong maps

His comments came after Pakistan had expressed "serious concern" to the UN over draft bill

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Publish Date: May 18 2016 1:27PM | Updated Date: May 18 2016 1:27PM

India rejects Pak's objection to draft bill on wrong maps

 Rejecting Pakistan's opposition to draft bill on map, Union Home Minister of state Kiren Rijiju has said it was the duty of the government to ensure that India's geography is properly projected.

 
"We don't take cognizance to Pakistan's objection to the draft bill . We will take suggestions and views of citizens, experts and various stakeholders before its finalisation. But it is the duty of the government that India's map is depicted properly," Rijiju told reporters in national capital.
 
His comments came after Pakistan had expressed "serious concern" to the UN over a draft bill over map of Kashmir and called upon world body to uphold its resolutions and urge India to stop such acts which are in "violation of international law".
 
Rijiju said the draft ' The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016 ' is still in a conceptual stage and the Union cabinet will discuss it before taking the approval of the Parliament.
 
According to draft legislation, wrong depiction of the map of India could land the violators in prison  with a maximum term of seven years and fine upto Rs 100 crore.
 
It will be compulsory to take permission from a government authority before acquiring, disseminating, publishing or distributing any geospatial information of India.