Himachal government pulled up for wrong India map (Lead)

February 13th, 2009 - 8:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyShimla, Feb 13 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government should apologise to the nation for publishing a map of India with wrong international boundaries in its official diary, the opposition Congress demanded in the state assembly Friday.
The Congress attacked the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over the glaring omissions in the India map and staged a walkout from the assembly.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal admitted that “publishing the wrong map is a mistake”.

The map, published on the turn page of the diary’s cover, shows the network of the country’s national highways in a two-colour contrast. Both Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PoK) and Aksai Chin are printed in different shades and have not been shown as part of India.

A dotted line does indicate the outline of the country’s boundary, but a computer generated shade alters the original image showing PoK and Aksai Chin as not part of India.

Raising the issue after the question hour, Leader of Opposition Vidya Stokes said the government had committed a shameful act by publishing a wrong map of the country, in which international boundaries were tampered with.

“This (the wrong map) has given a tool in the hands of anti-India countries to create problems for India,” she said. “The state government should apologise to the nation for this mistake.”

Dhumal said: “We regret the mistake committed in the publication of the map. We have ordered an inquiry and prima facie three officials have been charge-sheeted.”

The Congress legislators, dissatisfied with the chief minister’s reply, staged a walkout from the house.

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