Defence industry received foreign direct investment of $2.18 million during 2018-19: Govt

New Delhi: India's defence industry received foreign direct investment (FDI) of a meagre $2.18 million during 2018-19, the Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

In 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2017-18, the sector attracted FDI worth $0.08 million, $0.10 million and $0.01 million, respectively, according to data given by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

In 2016-17, the industry had failed to attract overseas investments.

 Defence industry received foreign direct investment of Representational image. Twitter @DefenceMinIndia.18 million during 2018-19: Govt

Representational image. Twitter @DefenceMinIndia

The other sectors which received nil inflows during the last fiscal include photographic raw film and paper, and coir.

As per the current policy, foreign investment beyond 49 percent is permitted through the approval route in the defence sector.

The FDI limit for the defence sector has also been made applicable to the manufacturing of small arms and ammunition covered under Arms Act, 1959.

Overall FDI inflows declined for the first time in the last six years in 2018-19, falling 1 percent to $44.37 billion as foreign investments fell significantly in telecommunication and pharmaceutical sectors.

A strong inflow of foreign investments helps improve the country's balance of payments situation and strengthens the value of rupee against global currencies, especially the United States (US) dollar.

Replying to a separate question, the minister said that a representation/request regarding the establishment of an industrial park at Kolar Gold Fields has been received.

Updated Date: Jun 26, 2019 19:08:01 IST