In a press note gave on April 17, the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has said the modification of the FDI strategy is intended to control ‘artful takeovers/acquisitions of Indian organizations because of the current COVID-19 pandemic’. The way that the amendment is explicitly intended to have control on FDI from substances or residents of any nation that offers land outskirts with India makes China its ideal objective. The Government of India has investigated the surviving Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) arrangement for checking astute takeovers/acquisitions of Indian organizations because of the current COVID-19 pandemic and revised para 3.1.1 of surviving FDI approach as contained in Consolidated FDI Policy, 2017. Office for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry has given Press Note No. 3(2020 Series) in such manner. The current position and modified situation in the issues will be as under:

Present position:

Para 3.1.1: A non-resident can put investment into India, subject to the FDI Policy with the exception of in those segments/exercises which are restricted. Be that as it may, a resident of Bangladesh or a substance consolidated in Bangladesh can contribute just under the Government course. Further, a resident of Pakistan or an element consolidated in Pakistan can contribute, just under the Government course, in areas/exercises other than protection, space, nuclear vitality, and divisions/exercises restricted for outside speculation.

Revised position:

3.1.1(a) A non-resident element can put investment into India, subject to the FDI Policy aside from in those divisions/exercises which are restricted. Be that as it may, a substance of a nation, which offers land fringe with India or where the useful proprietor of a venture into India is arranged in or is a resident of any such nation, can contribute just under the Government course. Further, a resident of Pakistan or an element joined in Pakistan can contribute, just under the Government course, in areas/exercises other than guard, space, nuclear vitality and parts/exercises precluded for the remote venture.

3.1.1(b) in case of the exchange of responsibility for existing or future FDI in a substance in India, legitimately or in a roundabout way, bringing about the useful possession falling inside the limitation/domain of the para 3.1.1(a), such resulting change in gainful proprietorship will likewise require Government endorsement.

Conclusion:

The new restrictions will apply to countries such as China, Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar. The DPIIT notes say that the decision will “take effect from the date of FEMA notification”.

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