For the April-December period, foreign investment inflows dipped 2% to $16.56 billion from $16.94 billion during the corresponding period of the previous year, it said.
During the first nine months of this financial year, the highest FDI came in services ($1.59 billion), followed by pharmaceuticals ($1.26 billion), construction development ($914 million) and
automobiles ($871 million). Mauritius led inflows into India with $3.67 billion of FDI during April-December, followed by Singapore ($3.2 billion), UK ($3.14 billion) and the Netherlands ($1.6 billion).
The country needs FDI to help regain its growth momentum. India's economic growth slowed to a decade's low of 4.5% in 2012-13.