Jul 06, 2013, 11.27 AM | Source: PTI
Industries and Commerce minister Anand Sharma said that he will be consulting all the ministries before raising the limits on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the defence sector.
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Sharma said nobody was opposed to induction of new technologies of manufacturing systems in the country and a consensus would happen when it is discussed.
"Defence we are not taking up unless and until the meetings are convened," Sharma said.
Antony in a letter to Sharma has opposed the Industry Ministry's proposal to hike Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) cap in the sector to 49 percent from the existing 26 percent.
"Allowing foreign companies to set up manufacturing assembly facilities here would be a retrograde step as it will stymie the growth of indigenous design and development, and our dependence on foreign countries and OEMs for modern weapons will get perpetuated," Antony wrote in the letter.
The Commerce Ministry has been pushing for hiking the FDI cap in defence sector from 26 percent. It had earlier proposed hiking it to 74 percent but apparently due to Defence Ministry's tough stand on the issue, it has now proposed it to be 49 percent.