Cabinet Decisions: FDI Norms Relaxed For Single Brand Retail, Coal, Contract Manufacturing; Sugar Export Subsidy Approved
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Cabinet Decisions: FDI Norms Relaxed For Single Brand Retail, Coal, Contract Manufacturing; Sugar Export Subsidy Approved

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Easier Local Sourcing Norms

The Cabinet has eased local sourcing norms for foreign single-brand retailers.

Under the current policy, a foreign company needs to purchase at least 30 percent of the product locally.

Today, the cabinet decided that even previous sourcing done locally will be counted in the 30 percent threshold. Also, earlier it was only counted for domestic sale of products. This too has been expanded to include exports. The local sourcing norm will be considered in a block of five years.

“All procurement made from India shall be counted towards local sourcing, irrespective whether goods and sold in India or exported. Our expectation is this will lead to larger capacities,” Goyal said.

Single-brand retailers will now also be allowed to open online stores before setting up brick-and-mortar shops. They will, though, have to set it up within two years of the online sale. Currently, online sale by a single-brand retail player is allowed only after the opening of physical outlets.

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Sugar Subsidies Are WTO Compliant

Subsidies are compliant with the World Trade Organisation rules, so there will be no issue at an international forum, Javadekar said.

The WTO allows certain subsidies for agricultural practices till 2023, Goyal explained.

FDI In Digital Media

The Cabinet has also approved allowed 26 percent FDI, with government approval, for digital media in news.

100% FDI For Third Party Manufacturers Allowed

In contract manufacturing, 100 percent FDI has been allowed through the automatic route, Goyal said.

In the existing foreign investment policy, 100 percent foreign direct investment is permitted in the manufacturing sector under the automatic route.

100% FDI Approved In Coal Mining And Sale

The Cabinet has approved a proposal to allow 100 percent FDI in coal mining and allied activities through the automatic route. Currently, FDI is permitted for captive coal mining only.

International Coalition On Disaster Management

The Cabinet has also approved forming an international coalition on disaster management infrastructure. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will facilitate this at the upcoming United Nations meet, Javadekar said.

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