The Union Cabinet approved a scheme to grant permanent residency status (PRS) to all foreign investors, except those from Pakistan, subject to the relevant conditions.
“The scheme is expected to encourage foreign investment in India and facilitate the Make in India programme,” the government said in a statement. “Under the scheme, suitable provisions will be incorporated in the visa manual to provide for the grant of PRS to foreign investors.”
The PRS will be granted for a period of 10 years with multiple entry, the Centre added.
“In order to avail this scheme, the foreign investor will have to invest a minimum of Rs.10 crore to be brought within 18 months or Rs.25 crore to be brought within 36 months,” the government said. “Further, the foreign investment should result in generating employment to at least 20 resident Indians every financial year.”
The Cabinet also gave its ex-post facto approval for the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy amendments announced by the Centre on June 20, 2016, which opened up FDI norms for almost all sectors including food manufacturing, defence, broadcasting, pharmaceuticals, civil aviation, animal husbandry and single-brand retailing.
The Cabinet also gave its approval to create a Project Development Fund (PDF) with a corpus of Rs.500 Crore “for catalysing Indian economic presence in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam”.
The PDF is to be housed in the Department of Commerce and operated through the EXIM Bank.
The PDF will be governed by an inter-ministerial committee under the chairpersonship of the Commerce Secretary.
The Union Cabinet has approved dissolving the Kolkata-based Central Inland Water Transport Corporation as the company has been incurring losses since its inception. The company has only five employees at present and the Cabinet decision is in line with the government’s move to revitalise sick central public sector units, wherever possible, or wind up irretrievable cases, according to an official statement. Separately, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved a Rs.1,145 crore project at Mormugao Port for the redevelopment of berths on public private partnership (PPP) mode.
The project entails reconstruction of three old berths and replacement of 38-year-old equipment by creating facilities for handling a variety of cargo like iron ore, bauxite, gypsum, limestone, fertilisers, steel coils and other general cargo at the port, which caters to ships up to 1,85,000 DWT.