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Cabinet to consider second wave of FDI reforms today

Cabinet to consider second wave of FDI reforms today
Unfazed by the uproar over decision on FDI in retail, the government is determined to give a push to reforms, with the union cabinet set to consider on Thursday big-ticket measures like opening pension sector to foreign investment and raising FDI cap in insurance sector to 49 per cent.

The cabinet will also consider the Forward Contract Regulation Act [Amendment] Bill to empower commodity markets regulator FMC with greater financial autonomy, facilitate the entry of institutional investors and introduce new products for trading such as options and indices.

It will also take up the Companies Bill to bring all sectors under the Companies Act, amendment to the Competition Act and a proposal for operationalising the Infrastructure Development Fund [IDF], sources said.

A proposal to set up a National Investment Board [NIB], to be headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, for according fast-track clearances to infrastructure projects will also be taken up at the meeting, they said.

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority [PFRDA] Bill, to be considered by the Cabinet, seeks to open up the pension sector to FDI of upto 26 per cent.

The Insurance Laws [Amendment] Bill seeks to raise the FDI cap insurance sector to 49 per cent from the 26 per cent at present.
This is the second wave of reforms decisions to be undertaken by the government within a month. On 13 September, the government had approved the decision of allowing 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail, besides relaxing FDI norms for civil aviation and broadcasting sector.   


FDI IN RETAIL WILL BOOST PRODUCTIVITY: RBI


Government's decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail will help increase productivity and ensure an efficient foodgrain distribution network to tackle high food prices, RBI deputy governor Subir Gokarn said on Wednesday. 'The ultimate solution to high food prices is very simply more production of things that people consume more. You might debate the merits and demerits of FDI in [multi-brand] retail. But let's focus on the basic problem. We need to increase productivity and distribution efficiency', Gokarn said at a function.
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