Since 2000, the country has received total foreign direct investment (FDI) of USD 306.88 billion.
    
Recently, the government had relaxed the FDI policy in sectors such as petroleum and natural gas; commodity exchanges; power exchanges; stock exchanges; asset reconstruction companies; single brand product retail trading; telecom and courier services.
    
"The result of the liberal foreign investment policies is that India has been consistently rated amongst the top three investment destinations globally by all international bodies including World Bank, UNCTAD," an official statement said.
    
It said that the country's policy has been progressively liberalised to make the investment regime more investor friendly.
    
"The review of FDI policy is done with a view to boost investor confidence thereby stimulating FDI inflows and contributing to accelerated economic growth," it added.
    
It also said that between 1999-2004, India received USD 19.52 billion of foreign investment which increased to USD 114.55 billion between 2004-09 and further jumped to USD 172.82 billion between 2009-September 2013.
    
Further, on FDI in retail it said that consumers gains from organised retail on multiple counts.
    
"Farmers too have benefited significantly from the option of direct sales to organised retailers. The profit realization for farmers selling directly to organised retailers is about 60 percent higher than that received from selling in the mandi," it added.
    
It added that small manufacturers will benefit from the norm of 30 percent mandatory sourcing from the small units.
    
"They will also derive the benefits of technology upgradation, which will provide a fillip to productivity and local value-addition, thereby raising the profitability and earnings of the small manufacturer," it said.
    
The sourcing condition will also enable the small enterprises to get integrated with global retail chains, thereby enhancing capacity to export products from India. It said that price stabilisation and inflation control could be achieved through direct buying from farmers, improving supply chain inefficiencies, improved storage capabilities, better quality and safety standards.
    
Meanwhile an UNCTAD report said that FDI flows into India grew 17 percent in 2013 to USD 28 billion despite unexpected capital outflows in the middle of the year.
    
India ranked 16th among the top 20 global economies receiving the most FDI, witnessing a 17 percent growth to USD 28 billion.

(Agencies)

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