Cabinet permits foreign investment through automatic route in 'other financial services', if they are under regulators such as Sebi and RBI.
Present regulations stipulate that FDI would be allowed on automatic route for only 18 specified NBFC activities after fulfilling prescribed minimum capitalisation norms mentioned therein.
Besides commodity broking, foreign investment would also be allowed to come into asset finance companies, depository participants and infrastructure debt funds, sources said. Minimum capital requirements would be the same as fixed by the regulators.
At present, 18 areas under NBFCs are allowed to attract 100 per cent foreign investment. These include merchant banking, underwriting, portfolio management services, investment advisory services, financial consultancy, stock broking and asset management.
Foreign investment can still come in to the activities not regulated by financial sector regulators, but only through the approved route. This means via the Foreign Investment Promotion Board or the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
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