98% FDI coming via automatic route: Shaktikanta Das

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Finance Ministry has said 98% of foreign direct investment is coming into India through the automatic route and as a “positive sign” the number of applications being routed via the FIPB approval route has started declining.

The government, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said, is also making efforts to provide an enabling environment for raising domestic investment.

The Minister tweeted:

The NDA government has been liberalising the FDI regime and has brought a number of sector under the automatic route.

Investments in sectors that are not under the automatic route require approval of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country increased by 40% to $29.44 billion during April-December of 2015-16. The foreign investment inflows were at $21.04 billion in the same period of previous fiscal.