Foreign Direct Investment - FDI

FDI Policy

S. No. Title of Content Details
1 Consolidated FDI Policy Circular of 2020 Download PDF

Amount of FDI in Food processing (April 2020 - June 2021)

S. No. Sector Amount of FDI Inflows %age of Total Inflows
    (In Rs crore) (In US $ Billion)  
1 Food Processing Industry 65,165.26 10.43 billion 1.91

Amount of FDI announced in Food Processing

Permitted FDI in India for Food Processing - “ Notwithstanding the FDI policy provisions on trading sector, 100% FDI under Government approval route is allowed for retail trading, including through e-commerce, in respect of food products manufactured and/or produced in India.

Following are the Competent Authorities for grant of approval for foreign investment for sectors/activities requiring Government approval:
Activity/ sector Administrative Ministry/ Department
Trading (Single brand, Multi brand and Food Product retail trading) Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion

Reporting of FDI

  • Any Indian company receiving investment from outside India for issuing shares/convertible debentures/preference shares under FDI scheme should report the details of the amount of consideration to the regional office concerned of the Reserve Bank Of India not later than 30 days from the date of receipt in the advance reporting form.

  • Indian companies are required to report the details of the receipt of the amount of consideration for issue of shares/convertible debentures, through an AD Category bank, together with a copy/ies of the FIRC/s evidencing the receipt of the remittance along with the KYC report (Section-2) on the non-resident investor from the overseas bank remitting the amount. The report would be acknowledged by the Regional Office concerned, which will allot a Unique Identification Number (UIN) for the amount reported. Explanation: An Indian company issuing partly paid equity shares, shall furnish a report not later than 30 days from the date of receipt of each call payment.

  • After issue of shares (including bonus and shares issued on rights basis and shares issued under ESOP and against Convertible Notes)/fully, mandatorily & compulsorily convertible debentures/fully, mandatorily & compulsorily convertible preference shares, the Indian company has to file Form FC-GPR, not later than 30 days from the date of issue of shares.

  • Form FC-GPR has to be duly filled up and signed by Managing Director/Director/Secretary of the Company and submitted to the Authorized Dealer of the company, who will forward it to the Reserve Bank. The following documents have to be submitted along with the form:

    • A certificate from the Company Secretary of the company certifying that:

      • All the requirements of the Companies Act, as applicable, have been complied with; (B) terms and conditions of the Government of India approval, if any, have been complied with;

      • The company is eligible to issue shares under these Regulations

      • The company has all original certificates issued by authorized dealers in India evidencing receipt of amount of consideration.

      For companies with paid up capital with less than Rs.5 crore, the above mentioned certificate can be given by a practicing company secretary.
    • A certificate from SEBI registered Merchant Banker or Chartered Accountant indicating the manner of arriving at the price of the shares issued to the persons resident outside India.

    • The report of receipt of consideration as well as Form FC-GPR have to be submitted by the AD Category-I bank to the Regional Office concerned of the Reserve Bank under whose jurisdiction the registered office of the company is situated.

      An Indian company issuing partly paid equity shares shall file a report in form FC-GPR to the extent they become paid up. 83
    • Annual return on Foreign Liabilities and Assets (Section-3) should be filed on an annual basis by the Indian company, directly with the Reserve Bank. This is an annual return to be submitted by 15th of July every year, pertaining to all investments by way of direct/portfolio investments/reinvested earnings/other capital in the Indian company made during the previous years (i.e. the information submitted by 15th July will pertain to all the investments made in the previous years up to March 31). The details of the investments to be reported would include all foreign investments made into the company which is outstanding as on the balance sheet date. The details of overseas investments in the company both under direct/portfolio investment may be separately indicated.

    • Issue of bonus/rights shares or stock options to persons resident outside India directly or on amalgamation/merger/demerger with an existing Indian company, as well as issue of shares on conversion of ECB/royalty/lumpsum technical know-how fee/import of capital goods by units in SEZs, has to be reported in Form FC-GPR.

Reporting of transfer of shares between residents and non-residents and vice- versa is to be done in Form FC-TRS (Section-4). The Form FC-TRS should be submitted to the AD Category-I bank, within 60 days from the date of receipt of the amount of consideration. The onus of submission of the Form FC-TRS within the given timeframe would be on the transferor/transferee, resident in India. However, in cases where the NR investor, including an NRI, acquires shares on the stock exchanges under the FDI scheme, the investee company would have to file form FC-TRS with the AD Category-I bank. The AD Category-I bank, would forward the same to its link office. The link office would consolidate the Form FC-TRS and submit a monthly report to the Reserve Bank.

Details of issue of shares against conversion of ECB have to be reported to the Regional Office concerned of the RBI, as indicated below:

  • In case of full conversion of ECB into equity, the company shall report the conversion in Form FC-GPR to the Regional Office concerned of the Reserve Bank as well as in Form ECB-2 to the Department of Statistics and Information Management (DSIM), Reserve Bank of India, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai- 400 051, within seven working days from the close of month to which it relates. The words "ECB wholly converted to equity" shall be clearly indicated on top of the Form ECB-2. Once reported, filing of Form ECB-2 in the subsequent months is not necessary.

  • In case of partial conversion of ECB, the company shall report the converted portion in Form FC-GPR to the Regional Office concerned as well as in Form ECB-2 clearly differentiating the converted portion from the non-converted portion. The words "ECB partially converted to equity" shall be indicated on top of the Form ECB-2. In the subsequent months, the outstanding balance of ECB shall be reported in Form ECB-2 to DSIM.

The domestic custodian shall report the issue/transfer of sponsored/unsponsored depository receipts as per DR Scheme 2014 in ‘Form DRR’ as given in Section-5 within 30 days of close of the issue/ program

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