Have taken out 'politics' at Centre from FDI equation: Govt
"Government has taken all relevant factors into account, in regard to permitting foreign direct investment (FDI), up to 51 per cent, in multi-brand retail trade," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said in a written reply to the
He said FDI policy is incorporated in the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or issue of security by a person resident outside India) Regulations, 2000.
"FDI is made in accordance with the investment regime in force at a point in time, which can normally not be amended with retrospective effect," he added.
Sharma was replying to a specific question on whether the Centre has considered "the possibility that government in a state may have differing views on this policy decision, which may create a situation wherein established investors may have to pull out in case of a change in government".
The minister also also said the policy in the sector is "only an enabling policy" and the state governments are free to take their own decisions in regard to its implementation.
Establishment of the retail sales outlets is to be undertaken in compliance with applicable state/union territory laws/regulations, such as the Shops and Establishments Act, he added.
The much-talked about debate on FDI in retail in the Lok Sabha yesterday saw SP and BSP joining the Opposition in