RESERVE BANK OF INDIA

(Foreign Exchange Department)

(Central Office)

Notification No. 340/2015-RB

Mumbai, the 3rd  March, 2015

G.S.R. 183(E) – In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (b) of sub-section (3) of Section 6 and Section 47 of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999), the Reserve Bank of India hereby makes the following amendments in the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000 (Notification No. FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000) namely: –

Short Title & Commencement:-

1. (i) These Regulations may be called the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident Outside India) (Third Amendment) Regulations, 2015.

(ii) They shall come into force from March 2,2015.

Amendment of Schedule 1

2. In the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000, (Notification No. FEMA. 20/2000-RB dated 3rd May 2000), in the existing Annex B,

(i) in the existing entry F.2.2, for the item (4)(i)(c), the following shall be substituted, namely:

S.No.

Other conditions

(4)(1)(c)

Applications for foreign direct investment in private banks having joint venture/subsidiary in insurance sector may be addressed to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for consideration in consultation with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) in order to ensure that the 49 per cent limit of foreign shareholding applicable for the insurance sector is not being breached.

(ii) in the existing entry F.7, for the items F.7.1, and F.7.2, the following shall be substituted, namely:

S.No.

Sector/ Activity

% of FDI Cap/Equity

Entry Route

F.7.1

(i) Insurance Company(ii) Insurance Brokers

(iii) Third party Administrators

(iv) Surveyors and Loss

Assessors

(v) Other Insurance

Intermediaries appointed under the provisions of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999 (41 of 1999)

49%{(FDI+FPI(FII,QFI)+NRI+FVCI+DR} Automatic upto 26%Government route beyond 26% and up to 49%

F.7.2

Other Conditions:(a)    No Indian insurance company shall allow the aggregate holdings by way of total foreign investment in its equity shares by foreign investors, including portfolio investors, to exceed forty-nine percent of the paid up equity capital of such Indian Insurance company.

(b)    Foreign direct investment proposals which take the total foreign investment in the Indian insurance company above 26 percent and upto the cap of 49 percent shall be under Government route.

(c)    Foreign investment in the sector is subject to compliance of the provisions of the Insurance Act, 1938 and the condition that Companies bringing in FDI shall obtain necessary license from the Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority of India for undertaking insurance activities.

(d)    An Indian insurance company shall ensure that its ownership and control remains at all times in the hands of resident Indian entities referred to in Notification No. G.S.R 115(E), dated 19th February, 2015.

(e)    Foreign portfolio investment in an Indian insurance company shall be governed by the provisions contained in sub-regulations (2), (2A), (3) and (8) of regulation 5 of Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or issue of security by a person resident outside India) Regulations, 2000 and provisions of the Securities Exchange Board of India (Foreign Portfolio Investors) Regulations.

(f)    Any increase of foreign investment of an Indian insurance company shall be in accordance with the pricing guidelines specified by Reserve Bank of India under the FEMA.

(g)    The foreign equity investment cap of 49 percent shall apply on the same terms as above to Insurance Brokers, Third Party Administrators, Surveyors and Loss Assessors and Other Insurance Intermediaries appointed under the provisions of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999 (41 of 1999):

(h)    Provided that where an entity like a bank, whose primary business is outside the insurance area, is allowed by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India to function as an insurance intermediary, the foreign equity investment caps applicable in that sector shall continue to apply, subject to the condition that the revenues of such entities from their primary (i.e. non- insurance related) business must remain above 50 percent of their total revenues in any financial year.

(i)    The provisions of paragraphs F.2, F.2.1 and F.2.2 relating to ‘Banking- Private Sector’, shall be applicable in respect of bank promoted insurance companies.

(j)    Terms ‘Control’, ‘Equity Share Capital’, ‘Foreign Direct Investment’ (FDI), ‘Foreign Investors’, ‘Foreign Portfolio Investment’, ‘Indian Insurance Company’, ‘Indian Company’, ‘Indian Control of an Indian Insurance Company’, ‘Indian Ownership’, “Non-resident Entity’, ‘Public Financial Institution’, ‘Resident Indian Citizen’, ‘Total Foreign Investment’ will have the same meaning as provided in Notification No. G.S.R 115(E), dated 19th February, 2015.

 

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