RBI proposes NDSL, CDSL to act as data source for foreign investment by Indian companies
Depositories the NSDL and the CDSL would act as the single point source of data and information on the extent and nature of foreign investment in securities by Indian companies.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed that two depositories National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) and Central Depository Services (India) Limited (CDSL) will act as the single point source of information on foreign investments in securities issued by Indian companies.
"It is proposed to amend the Foreign Exchange Management (Transfer or issue of security by a person resident outside India) Regulations, 2000 to mandate that foreign investment by non-residents, including non-resident Indians, on repatriation basis can be made in equity, debt and any other approved securities only in dematerialised form," RBI said in a statement.
Consequently, the depositories, namely, the NSDL and the CDSL would act as the single point source of data and information on the extent and nature of foreign investment in securities issued by Indian companies, investment vehicles, etc, it said.
"This will facilitate easy and comprehensive availability of information for the Indian company receiving foreign investment as well as for effecting monitoring by various regulators and is expected to contribute to the ease of doing business by making regulatory compliance easier for the companies receiving foreign investment and also facilitating regulatory monitoring," it said.
The RBI has invited comments from stakeholders and experts in the area by May 25.