“The next edition of the Consolidated FDI Policy Circular i.e. ‘Consolidated Foreign Direct Investment Policy Circular of 2015’ is scheduled to be issued on March 31, 2015, and will be effective from 1 April 2015," the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) said.

The DIPP, which is under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is the nodal agency on FDI policy. It compiles all policies related to India's FDI regime into a single document to make it simple and easy for investors to understand.

Investors would otherwise have to go through various press notes issued by the industry department and RBI  regulations to understand the policy. The government updates the policy every year.     

The DIPP has invited public comments on the document till January 16, it said.

FDI is considered crucial for economic development and India has taken several steps to attract such funds.

Last year, the government relaxed norms in several sectors including railways, defence and medical devices sector.

FDI inflows during April-October of the current financial year grew by 26 percent to USD 17.34 billion from USD 13.82 billion in the same period a year earlier.

India is projected to require about USD 1 trillion to fund infrastructure such as ports, airports and highways.

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