Minister of State for Planning, Science &Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Ashwani Kumar today stated in Rajya Sabha that Survey of India is the only authorized national mapping agency entrusted with the responsibility of preparation of official maps of India depicting international boundaries.
The Minister further added in a reply in Rajya Sabha that these maps are based on authenticated records available with Survey of India. Publication of maps by any Government or private agency showing international boundaries requires certification by Survey of India. Publication of Maps of India which are not in conformity with the maps of India as published by Survey of India, is a cognizable offence under the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1961 (Act No.23 of 1961).
The Minister clarified that Occupation of some Indian territory by China is not related to publication of wrong maps by any agency. This matter is being separately addressed.
Dr. Ashwani Kumar said that there exists a policy for demarcation of our land borders.
He said regular discussions with concerned countries at appropriate political, diplomatic and technical levels are held to resolve all issues relating to settlement and demarcation of International boundaries.