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Wednesday, 29 July, 2020, 10 : 48 AM [IST]

Centre notifies amendments in FDI norms for civil aviation; NRIs to be permitted to own 100% in Air India

The government has notified changes in foreign direct investment (FDI) norms on civil aviation, which will permit NRI nationals to own 100 per cent stake of Air India. The gazette notification comes amid the ongoing process of strategic disinvestment of Air India. Last month, the government for the third time extended the deadline to bid for AI as the Covid-19 fallout has disrupted economic activities globally. The deadline was extended by two months till August 31. 

The divestment process for the national carrier was initiated on 27 January. “These rules may be called the Foreign Exchange Management (Non-debt Instruments) (Third Amendment) Rules, 2020,” the official notification dated 27 July 2020 said. These shall come into force on the date of publication in the Official Gazette, it said.

“Foreign investments in M/s Air India Limited, including that of foreign airlines shall not exceed 49 per cent either directly or indirectly except in case of those NRIs, who are Indian Nationals, where foreign investments is permitted up to 100 per cent under automatic route,” it said. 

Substantial ownership and effective control of Air India Limited shall continue to be vested in Indian Nationals as stipulated in Aircraft Rules, 1937, it added. As per the present FDI Policy, 100 per cent FDI is permitted in scheduled Air Transport Service/Domestic Scheduled Passenger Airline (Automatic up to 49 per cent and Government route beyond 49 per cent).  (Source: PTI)

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