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Map licence raj?

Geospatial Bill needs to be rewritten from scratch

Business Standard Editorial Comment  |  New Delhi 

The initial draft of the Geospatial Information Regulation Bill, 2016, has betrayed a woeful lack of understanding of modern geospatial technology and its applications.

Stung by the public reaction, the government is not standing by its draft, which may have been withdrawn — but, as an interview with the minister concerned, Kiren Rijiju, in this newspaper shows, it is not retreating from the mistaken ideas the draft embodies. It is hoped that the absurdity-riddled draft will nevertheless be entirely re-written, after consulting domain experts and incorporating best practices from ...

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First Published: Mon, May 16 2016. 21:41 IST
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