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Poor market condition is cited as a reason for the tepid response to coal block auctions, but, the overriding feeling is that the government’s policy change on coal mining has dampened the interest of developers for coal mines with end-use restrictions.
Certain industry players and experts have stated that the move to cap FDI in the sector to 26 percent throws up questions that need clarifications as some of those who were looking to raise funds could be restricted.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a "faulty" parameter to judge economy, Bhagwat opined, amid concerns about India's GDP growth
The two countries need to keep engaging and not let the momentum fizzle out. A successful conclusion of the trade package can be a harbinger of how deftly the two sides can tackle bigger issues in the future.
Several studies indicate that coal is losing its charm in India. The global trends indicate that global capital is fleeing coal. In such a scenario, is it a smart move for India to open commercial coal mining to 100 per cent FDI?
Relaxation of policy rules is a leg-up to ease of doing business and Make in India
The rules may come as a relief to brands that depend on third-party sourcing.
There are a few misses, still the latest FDI move shows the way
In this episode of Editors Take, Sakshi gets in conversation with Moneycontrol Deputy Executive Editor Gaurav Choudhury explaining the reforms the government has brought in FDI and how it will help these sectors.
The government has also relaxed FDI rules for single brand retail and expanded definition of 30 percent domestic sourcing.
In the existing foreign investment policy, 100 per cent foreign direct investment is permitted in the manufacturing sector under the automatic route.
Already, the government has taken necessary measures to resolve the challenges and set up a Development Council and Advisory Forum for the chemical and petrochemical sector.
Other sectors where FDI rules would be eased are coal and contract manufacturing.
As per the proposal, single-brand retail firms would also be permitted to open online stores before setting up brick-and-mortar shops.
In order to boost a sluggish economy, the government wants to attract investment by allowing FDI in contract manufacturing.
The present FDI policy is silent on the fast-growing digital media segment.
According to the existing foreign investment policy, 100 percent foreign direct investment is permitted in the manufacturing sector under the automatic route.
The DPIIT under the commerce and industry ministry further said path-breaking reform measures undertaken during the last financial year have resulted in India surpassing the FDI received in 2016-17 and registering an inflow of $60.98 billion during 2017-18, a new all-time high.
The IMF in its India section of the External Sector Report has said that although progress has been made on foreign direct investment (FDI) liberalisation, portfolio flows remain controlled.
It is likely that FDI cap in insurance companies will be hiked to 74 percent
Goyal also said 59 FDI proposals were approved in 2018-19 and five in April this fiscal.
Currently, the FDI policy allows 100 percent foreign investment in single-brand retail under the automatic route but requires an investor to source 30 percent of the value of goods sold from India
Despite the recent growth moderation, services sector growth continued to outperform agriculture and manufacturing sector growth, and contributed more than 60 percent to total GVA growth
The information was provided by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
It will assess whether the licensing should be scrapped or replaced by a registration process