FDI dips 40 % in March

Updated - April 03, 2016 01:28 am IST

Published - June 03, 2015 11:37 pm IST

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India declined by 40 per cent year-on-year to $2.11 billion in March 2015, the lowest in the last four months of 2014-15 fiscal.

Previously, in November 2014, the FDI was the lowest at $1.53 billion. FDI in India was at $3.53 billion in March 2014. However, during the 2014-15 financial year, foreign fund inflows grew 27 per cent, year-on-year, to $30.93 billion against $24.29 billion in 2013-14, according to the data of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

Amongst the top 10 sectors, services received the maximum FDI of $3.25 billion in 2014-15, followed by telecommunication ($2.89 billion), automobiles ($2.57 billion), computer software and hardware ($2.20 billion) and pharmaceuticals ($1.52 billion).

During the entire financial year, India received the maximum FDI from Mauritius ($9.03 billion), followed by Singapore ($6.74 billion), the Netherlands ($3.43 billion), Japan ($2.08 billion) and the U. S. ($1.82 billion).

In 2013-14, FDI stood at $24.29 billion against $22.42 billion a year earlier.

India is estimated to require around $1 trillion investment over five years to overhaul its infrastructure sector, including ports, airports and highways to boost growth.

The government has relaxed FDI norms in various sectors, including insurance, railways and medical devices, to boost FDI in the country.

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