Nepal halts distribution of books with altered map

Kathmandu, September 22

Nepal has stopped the distribution of a books that embrace the nation’s revised political map displaying three strategically-important Indian areas as a part of its territory, saying there have been a lot of factual errors in it, in line with a media report on Tuesday.

Errors in books

The Ministry of Education doesn’t have the authority to alter Nepal’s geographical space and there are errors within the books. — Spokesperson, Ministry of Land Reform

India has already termed as untenable the “artificial enlargement” of the territorial claims by Nepal after its Parliament unanimously authorized the brand new political map of the nation that includes the Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura areas, which India maintains belong to it.

A Cabinet assembly on Tuesday instructed the Ministry of Education to not distribute and print any extra copies meant for courses IX to XII as there have been some reservations from the Ministry of Land Management and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Kathmandu Post reported.

“The Ministry of Education does not have the authority to change Nepal’s geographical area and there are faults in the books,” stated spokesperson for the Ministry of Land Reform and Cooperatives Janak Raj Joshi. There are errors within the books ready by the Ministry of Education on a topic it has no experience, he stated, including that the upper authorities have been requested to take corrective measures.

“The Department of Survey, which is the official agency that declares the total area of the country, however, hasn’t made any decision on the area,” Joshi stated. — PTI

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