In 2019-20 Union Budget, the Finance Minister has recommended to further consolidate all the gains under FDI so as to make India a more appealing FDI destination. Going steady with its reform policy, the Union Cabinet has recently approved the plan for review of FDI Policy on various sectors on 28 August 2019.
The major highlights of the FDI Policy reform are as follows:
For offering enhanced flexibility and ease of operations in the SBRT sector, the below listed norms have been eased:
As of now, 100% FDI is allowed under automatic route in the manufacturing sector. There is no particular provision for contract manufacturing mentioned in the FDI Policy. To give more clarity on contract manufacturing, a decision has been taken to allow 100% FDI under automatic route in contract manufacturing. Now, manufacturing activities could be performed either by the investee firm or via contract manufacturing in India with a legally-tenable contract, whether on Principal to Principal basis or Principal to Agent basis.
Extant FDI policy offers for 49% FDI under the approval route in Up-linking of various ‘News &Current Affairs’ TV Channels. Currently, up to 26% FDI under government route is allowed for uploading and streaming of various News and Current Affairs using Digital Media, on similar lines of print media.
Currently, 100% FDI under automatic route is permitted for coal mining, especially for captive consumption by several power projects, cement, and iron and steel units and also for coal processing plants with the pre-requisite that the processing units would not do coal mining or selling in open markets. It has now been decided to allow 100% FDI under automatic route especially for selling coal, performing coal mining activities, which might also include associated processing infrastructure. Associated Processing Infrastructure includes activities like coal washery, coal handling, crushing, and separation (magnetic and non-magnetic).