Now NRIs can buy 100% in Air India, Govt to amend FDI policy

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NewDelhi : The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to amend the existing FDI Policy to permit Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in loss making public sector carrier Air India by Non-Resident Indians (NRI)s upto 100% under the automatic route.
The amendment will permit foreign investment in Air India Ltd at par with other Scheduled Airline Operators i.e. upto 100% in M/s Air India Ltd by those NRIs, who are Indian Nationals.  The proposed changes in FDI Policy will enable foreign investment by NRIs into M/s Air India Ltd. upto 100%, under automatic route.
As per the existing FDI Policy, 100% FDI is permitted in scheduled Air Transport Service/Domestic Scheduled Passenger Airline (Automatic upto 49% and Government route beyond 49%).  However, for NRIs 100% FDI is permitted under automatic route in Scheduled Air Transport Service/Domestic Scheduled Passenger Airline.  However, for M/s Air India Ltd., foreign investment(s) in M/s Air India Ltd. including that of foreign Airline(s) shall not exceed 49%, either directly or indirectly, subject to the condition that substantial ownership and effective control of M/s Air India Ltd. shall continue to be vested in Indian Nationals.  Therefore, although 100% FDI is permitted under automatic route for NRIs in Scheduled Air Transport Service/Domestic Scheduled Passenger Airline, it is restricted to be only 49% in case of M/s Air India.

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