Relaxation of FDI norms in Defence
FDI IN DEFENCE SECTOR
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Information about the Relaxation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms in Defence Sector was given in the Rajya Sabha.
- Given by: The information about the Relaxation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms in Defence Sector was given by the Shri. Rajnath Singh, Union Defence Minister.
- In 2001, along with the public sector, the Defence Industry sector was opened upto 100% for Indian private sector participation, with FDI upto 26% both subject to licensing.
- Extension of FDI: Further, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry has allowed FDI under through the following routes;
- Upto 49% through automatic route
- Above 49% through government route
- Further, FDI in defence industry sector is subject to industrial license under Industries (Development & Regulation) Act, 1951 and manufacturing of small arms and ammunition under the Arms Act, 1959.
- FDI inflows: So far upto December, 2019 the FDI inflows in Defence and Aerospace sectors were as follows;
- FDI inflows of over Rs. 3155 crores have been reported in this sectors.
- FDI inflows of over Rs. 1834 crores have been reported in this sector after 2014.
- Other conditions: The other conditions governing FDI Policy in this manufacturing sector as;
- Infusion of fresh foreign investment within the permitted automatic route level, in a company not seeking industrial licence, resulting in change in the ownership pattern or transfer of stake by existing investor to new foreign investor, will require Government approval.
- License applications will be considered and licenses given by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, in consultation with Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs.
- Foreign investment in the sector is subject to security clearance and guidelines of the Ministry of Defence.
- Investee Company should be structured to be self-sufficient in areas of product design and development. The investee/joint venture company along with manufacturing facility, should also have maintenance and life cycle support facility of the product being manufactured in India.
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