The Finance Ministry today increased the investment limit for foreign institutional investors (FIIs) in government securities and corporate bonds by USD 5 billion each, a move that will enhance capital flows and increase the availability of resources for Indian corporates.
The FIIs can now invest up to USD 15 billion in government securities (G-secs) and USD 20 billion in corporate bonds, official sources said.
The investment limit in long-term infrastructure bonds, however, has been kept unchanged at USD 25 billion.
A notification giving effect to the new FII investment ceilings will be issued by market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) soon.
"The present enhancement will increase investment in debt securities and help in further development of the government securities and corporate bond markets in the country," the official added.
The decision, which was taken after a review of the macro-economic situation, would enhance capital flows and make additional financial resources available to the Indian corporate sector, he said.
The official added that the increase in investment limits became necessary as "...little space was available for further FII investment in G-secs and corporate bonds".
As against the FII investment ceiling of Rs 43,650 crore in G-secs, foreign institutions had invested Rs 41,253 crore as of October 31, 2011.
Similarly, in the case of corporate bonds, FIIs have invested Rs 68,289 crore (as of October 31, 2011) as against the ceiling of Rs 74,416 crore.