24 April, 2014 22:26 IST
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Cabinet to consider FDI in pension, insurance today
Source: DDI (04-OCT-12)
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The government is determined to give a push to reforms, with the Union Cabinet set to consider on Thursday big-ticket measures like opening pension sector to foreign investment and raising FDI cap in insurance sector to 49%.

The Cabinet will also consider the Forward Contract Regulation Act (Amendment) Bill to empower commodity markets regulator FMC with greater financial autonomy, facilitate the entry of institutional investors and introduce new products for trading such as options and indices.

It will also take up the Companies Bill to bring all sectors under the Companies Act, amendment to the Competition Act and a proposal for operationalising the Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF), sources said.

A proposal to set up a National Investment Board (NIB), to be headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, for according fast-track clearances to infrastructure projects will also be taken up at the meeting, they said.

The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill, to be considered by the Cabinet, seeks to open up the pension sector to FDI of upto 26%. The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill seeks to raise the FDI cap insurance sector to 49% from the 26% at present.

This is the second wave of reforms decisions to be undertaken by the government within a month. On 13th September the government had approved the decision of allowing 51% FDI in multi-brand retail, besides relaxing FDI norms for civil aviation and broadcasting sector.

The Cabinet is also expected to approve 12th Plan and accord international status to five airports.

The decision on FDI in retail triggered a major uproar, with some allies and opposition parties launching a massive attack on the government. Trinamool Congress even withdrew support to the government.


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