Govt clears 17 FDI proposals of 1,158 cr

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 17 2009, 23:48pm hrs
The government today approved 17 foreign direct investment (FDI) proposals worth Rs 1,158.78 crore.

Among the major proposals which were approved today are the FDI applications of the worlds largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal and ductile iron pipe maker Electrosteel Castings, a government statement said.

ArcelorMittal, with an FDI of Rs 503.37 crore, plans to infuse foreign equity into a company engaged in manufacturing cold-rolled semi-finished iron and steel products.

The Kolkata-based Electrosteel Castings plans to issue and allot eligible securities including equity shares and/ or non-convertible debt instruments along with warrants on a private placement basis bringing in FDI worth Rs 600 crore.

Meanwhile, the government deferred a decision on 12 FDI proposals and rejected five on the recommendations of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).

The proposal to infuse 100 per cent foreign equity by Jaipur IPL Cricket Pvt Ltd (the promoters of the Rajasthan Royals which won the 2008 IPL), has been rejected by the government.

The government referred the proposals of Jet Airways to bring in Rs 2,000 crore FDI and the Mauritius-based investment fund Indium IV to bring in Rs 2,500 crore FDI, to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) as the proposals are of value above Rs 600 crore.