A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No.99
January 29, 2014
All Authorised Persons
Foreign investment in India by SEBI registered Long term investors in Government dated Securities
Attention of Authorized Dealer Category-I (AD Category-I) banks is invited to Schedule 5 to the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or Issue of Security by a Person Resident outside India) Regulations, 2000 notified vide Notification No. FEMA.20/2000-RB dated May 3, 2000, as amended from time to time, in terms of which SEBI registered Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs), SEBI registered Qualified Foreign Investors (QFIs) and long term investors registered with SEBI may purchase, on repatriation basis Government securities and non-convertible debentures (NCDs) / bonds issued by an Indian company subject to such terms and conditions as mentioned therein and limits as prescribed for the same by RBI and SEBI from time to time.
2. Attention of AD Category-I banks is also invited to A.P.(DIR Series) Circular No.111 dated June 12, 2013 in terms of which the present limit for investments by FIIs, QFIs and long term investors in Government securities stands at USD 30 billion, out of which a sub-limit of USD 5 billion is available for investment by long term investors in Government dated securities.
3. On a review, it has now been decided, in consultation with Government of India to enhance, with immediate effect, the existing sub-limit of USD 5 billion available to long term investors registered with SEBI – Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs), Multilateral Agencies, Pension/ Insurance/ Endowment Funds and Foreign Central Banks for investment in Government dated securities to USD 10 billion, within the total limit of USD 30 billion available for foreign investments in Government securities.
4. The operational guidelines in this regard will be issued by SEBI.
5. All other existing conditions for investment in Government securities remain unchanged.
6. AD Category – I banks may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers concerned.
7. The directions contained in this circular have been issued under sections 10(4) and 11(1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and are without prejudice to permissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.
(Rudra Narayan Kar)
Chief General Manager-in-Charge