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An Act to amend the Surveying and Mapping Act, 2014

ACT NO. XXXI OF 2020

SURVEYING AND MAPPING (AMENDMENT)
ACT, 2020

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part-I, 24th September, 2020]

No. F. 22(50)/2019-Legis., dated 23-9-2020.–The following Act of Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) received the assent of the President on the 22nd September, 2020 is hereby published for general information:-

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the Surveying and Mapping Act, 2014 (I of 2014), for the purposes hereinafter appearing;

It is hereby enacted as follows:-

1. Short title and commencement.–(1) This Act shall be called the Surveying and Mapping (Amendment) Act, 2020.

(2) It shall come into force at once.

2. Amendment of Section 2, Act I of 2014.–In the Surveying and Mapping Act, 2014 (I of 2014), hereinafter referred to as the said Act, in Section 2, in clause (xiv), for the words “Federal Government”, the words “concerned Division” shall be substituted.

3. Amendment of Section 3, Act I of 2014.–In the said Act, in Section 3,–

(a) in sub-section (2),–

(i)       for the word “Genera'” the word “General”, shall be substituted;

(ii)      for the words “Federal Government”, occurring for the first time, the words “Prime Minister”, shall be omitted and

(iii)     the words “by the Federal Government” shall be committed; and

(b)      after sub-section (2), amended as aforesaid, the following new sub-section shall be added, namely:-

                   ”(3) Survey of Pakistan shall be technical department for all activities involving surveying, mapping, geographic information system or remote sensing and geospatial information technologies in the country.”.

4. Amendment of Section 6, Act I of 2014.–In the said Act, in Section 6,–

(a)      in clause (f), for the words “Federal Government”, the words, “Prime Minister” shall be substituted;

(b)      in clause (g), for the words “Federal Government”, the words; “Prime Minister” shall be substituted;

(c)      in clause (i), for the words ”Federal Government”, the word5 “concerned Division” shall be substituted; and

(d)      in clause (r), for the words ”Federal Government”, the words “concerned Division” shall be substituted.

5. Amendment of Section 11, Act I of 2014.–In the said Act, in Section 11, in sub-section (1), after the words “shall”, occurring for he first time, the words and commas “use, insert, print or publish maps of Pakistan or atlases,” shall be inserted.

6. Amendment of Section 13, Act I of 2014.–In the said Act, in Section 13, for the words “Federal Government”, the words “concerned Division” shall be substituted.

7. Amendment of Section 16, Act I of 2014.–In the said Act, in Section 16,–

(a)      in sub-section (2), for the words “Federal Government”, the words “concerned Division” shall be substituted; and

(b)      after sub-section (5), the following new sub-section shall be added, namely:-

                   “(6) No one shall print, display, disseminate, use or circulate incorrect and unofficial version of map of Pakistan or any part of Pakistan in hard or digital form. All individuals firms, organizations or departments shall get their maps vetted and cleared from the Survey of Pakistan before use, publication, dissemination or circulation.”.


8. Amendment of Section 18, Act I of 2014.–In the said Act, in Section 18, in sub-section (1), for the words “Federal Government”, the words “concerned Division” shall be substituted.

9. Amendment of Section 19, Act I of 2014.–In the said Act, in Section 19, in sub-section (1), for the words “Federal Government”, the words “concerned Division” shall be substituted.

10. Amendment of Section 20, Act I of 2014.–In the said Act, in Section 20, in clause (d), in sub-clause (iv), the word “and”, occurring at the end, shall be omitted and in sub-clause (v), for the full stop at the end, a semi colon and the word “and” shall be substituted and thereafter the following new sub-clause shall be added, namely:-

“(vi)    any individual, firm, organization or department involved in printing. displaying, disseminating, using or circulating incorrect and unofficial version of map of Pakistan or any part of Pakistan in hard or digital form shall be liable to be imprisoned for a term which may extend up to five years or a fine of five millions rupees or both.”.

11. Amendment of Section 23, Act I of 2014.–In the said Act. in Section 23, for the words “Federal Government”, the words “concerned Division” shall be substituted.

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