As many as five sectors including defence, ports
have failed to attract any foreign direct investments during the April-December period of the current financial year, Parliament was informed on Monday.
The other two segments which were not able to attract the foreign inflows are - photographic raw film & paper and coir, according to the data shared by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
industries, the other four sectors had not received any FDI
in 2015-16 either.
In 2016, the government relaxed FDI
norms in several sectors including defence.
India imports 70 per cent of its military hardware from different countries.
As per the current policy, foreign investment beyond 49 per cent has been permitted in the defence
sector through the approval route in cases resulting in access to modern technology in the country or for other reasons.
However, the sectors which have attracted maximum FDI
in the April-December period of this financial include services ($7.5 billion), trading ($2 billion), metallurgical industries ($1.25 billion), electrical equipment ($2 billion), telecommunications ($5.54 billion) and computer hardware & software ($1.81 billion).
During the nine-month period of 2016-17, India attracted a total of $35.84 billion in foreign inflows.