Of 1 lakh crore FDI offers from border nations, half are cleared: Official – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The government has received foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals worth about Rs 1 lakh crore since April 2020 from countries sharing land border with India and half of those applications have been cleared so far, a top official said. The remaining are either pending or withdrawn or rejected by the government.
In April 2020, the government came out with a press note under which the Centre made its prior approval mandatory for foreign investments from countries that share land border with India to curb opportunistic takeovers of domestic firms following the pandemic.

Countries which share land borders with India are China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Afghanistan. According to that decision, FDI proposals from these countries need government approval for investments in India in any sector.
After that press note, “proposals worth about Rs 1 lakh crore have come in and in that, 50% have been cleared”. “So it’s not a complete shutdown for that FDI. We are taking a nuanced view on those applications, depending on whether they are adding value to our manufacturing capacities or not,” the government official, who did not wish to be named, said. The pending proposals are there with security agencies and certain ministries.
The number is “very big” for proposals which have been withdrawn, the official added.
An inter-ministerial committee has been formed by the government to scrutinise these proposals.
The major sectors under which these FDI proposals came included manufacturing of heavy machinery, automobile, auto components; computer software and hardware; trading, e-commerce, and manufacturing of light engineering and electrical.

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