FDI dips 32% to $3.4 b in Jan-March

India received foreign direct investment (FDI) worth $3.39 billion during January-March, 2011, a decline of 32 per cent vis-a-vis the same period last year, according to the latest data from the industry ministry

In January-March 2010, the country received FDI worth $4.96 billion.

According to experts, the Government should further streamline FDI policies and make the environment more investment-friendly to attract foreign investment.

“To attract more and more FDI into the country, the Government needs to take strong policy action,” the Crisil Principal Economist, Mr D.K. Joshi, said.

The sectors that attracted FDI include services (financial and non-financial), telecommunications, housing and real estate, construction activities and power, the data said.

Mauritius, Singapore, the US, UK, Netherlands, Japan, Germany and the UAE, among other countries, are the major investors in India.

FDI inflows into India totalled $19.42 billion in 2010-11 down from $25.83 billion in 2009-10.

To attract more foreign direct investment, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is taking steps like permitting the issuance of equity to overseas firms against imported capital goods and machinery.

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