Pakistan: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence has submitted a report on ”The Surveying and Mapping, bill, 2013” to regulate and stop unqualified and unregistered firms to take part in surveying and mapping activities. The report was presented by Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho.
According to report, the Survey of Pakistan, being the national mapping organisation, is responsible for meeting the surveying and mapping requirements of armed forces as well as civilian organisations and departments, which falls under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence. In the absence of any regulatory authority, it is technically and legally difficult to keep a check on unlawful activities.
The report says that with objectives of regulating and implementing surveying and mapping standards in the country; to obviate potential security risk to sensitive information; to prevent damage to affixed survey markers; to avoid duplication of effort in mapping; and to transform the Survey of Pakistan into a National Mapping Agency; Surveying and Mapping Bill- 2013 has been prepared.
The bill”s objectives are:
– To transform Survey of Pakistan into National Mapping Agency ie an authority regulating surveying and mapping activities in the country.
– To make it compulsory for all firms involved in surveying and mapping activities to get them registered with Survey of Pakistan.
-To make it obligatory for all firms involved in surveying and mapping activities to adopt durveying and mapping standards framed by the Survey of Pakistan.
– To stop unqualified and unregistered firms to take part in surveying and mapping activities that can pose a security risk to the state.
– To protect established and affixed survey markers at various locations throughout the country from damage by assigning their responsibility to local district management/government.
– To avoid publication of efforts in the field of mapping especially in the Public Sector, thereby economising on public exchequer.
– To assess mapping requirements of public and private sectors on a yearly basis, thereby lending technical support to federal and provincial development plans and activities.
Source: Business Recorder