‘Make in India’ completes eight years, annual FDI nearly doubles to $83 bn

New Delhi (IANS) Annual Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) nearly doubled to $83 billion as ‘Make in India’, the flagship scheme of the government to facilitate investment and foster innovation, completed eight years.

As per the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, FDI inflows stood at $45.15 billion in 2014-2015. The year 2021-22 recorded the highest ever FDI at $83.6 billion.

According to the ministry, to attract foreign investments, the government has put in place a liberal and transparent policy wherein most sectors are open to FDI under the automatic route.

“The year 2021-22 recorded the highest ever FDI at $83.6 billion. This FDI has come from 101 countries, which has been invested across 31 states and UTs and 57 sectors in the country. On the back of economic reforms and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in recent years, India is on track to attract $100 billion FDI in the current financial year,” the ministry said on Saturday.

It said the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme across 14 key manufacturing sectors was launched in 2020-21 as a big boost to the Make in India initiative.

The PLI scheme incentivises domestic production in strategic growth sectors where India has comparative advantage. This includes strengthening domestic manufacturing, forming resilient supply chains, making Indian industries more competitive and boosting the export potential. The PLI scheme is expected to generate significant gains for production and employment, with benefits extending to the MSME eco-system.

Recognising the importance of semiconductors in the world economy, the government has launched a $10 billion incentive scheme to build a semiconductor, display and design ecosystem in India.

Complemented by sincere efforts of domestic toy manufacturers, the growth of the Indian toy industry has been remarkable in less than two years despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

The import of toys in FY21-22 reduced by 70 per cent to Rs 877.8 crore. There has also been a distinct improvement in the quality of toys in the domestic market.

Simultaneously, the efforts of the industry have led to an export of toys worth Rs 2,601.5 crore in FY21-22, which is an increase of more than 61 per cent over Rs 1,612 crore in FY18-19.

India’s toy export registered tremendous growth of 636 per cent in April-August 2022 over the same period in 2013, said the ministry.

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