Cabinet to decide soon on raising FDI cap in insurance

Cabinet to decide soon on raising FDI cap in insurance
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First Published: Tue, Sep 02 2008. 06 23 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Sep 02 2008. 06 23 PM IST
By PTI
New Delhi: Union Cabinet will soon take a decision on the insurance sector reforms, which could possibly see hike in the foreign investment limit in private sector insurance companies from 26% to 49%.
“We will go to cabinet now”, finance minister P Chidambaram said without specifying the decision taken by the Group of Ministers (GoM), which met today to take a view on the insurance sector reforms.
The government had set up a GoM under the external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee to decide on the insurance sector.
Despite pressure from the private insurers, the government had failed to pursue the insurance sector reforms because of opposition from the Left Parties, which earlier supported the ruling UPA.
However, after the withdrawal of support by the Left Parties, the government took a conscious view to pursue the pending economic reforms including those in the insurance sector.
Following opening of the insurance sector, over three dozen private companies have started operations in the country, but many of them are constrained by the 26% FDI and have been making a case for raising the FDI cap.
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First Published: Tue, Sep 02 2008. 06 23 PM IST