FDI inflow dips to 8-month low of $1.27 bn in August
Foreign direct investment into India declined by about 10 per cent in August this year to $1.27 billion, the lowest figure in the last eight months.
In August 2013, the country had received FDI worth $1.40 billion. Last time in December 2013, FDI into India was $1.10 billion. However, for the April-August period of this fiscal, 2014-15, the foreign inflows showed a growth of 42 per cent to $12.01 billion as compared to $8.46 billion in the first five months of 2013-14, according to the data of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
Amongst the top 10 sectors, telecom received the maximum FDI of $2.33 billion in the 5 months, followed by services ($1.08 billion), pharmaceuticals ($903 million) and construction ($446 million).
During the period, India received maximum FDI from Mauritius at $3.93 billion, followed by Singapore ($1.89 billion), Netherlands ($1.56 billion), Japan ($897 million), UK ($827 million) and the US ($394 million). In 2013-14, FDI inflows in India were $24.29 billion as against $22.42 billion in 2012-13.
Decline in foreign investments could put pressure on the country’s balance of payments and may also impact the value of the rupee. India requires around $1 trillion in the next five years to overhaul its infrastructure sector, including ports, airports and highways to boost growth. The government is taking more steps to boost FDI in the country. It has raised the foreign investment limit to 49 per cent in defence manufacturing and relaxed the policy in construction sector.