Investment Limits for Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) for the Next 6 Months in Two Tranches Specified

     Rs. 105bn from 4 April 2016

     Rs. 100bn from 5 July 2016

     Limits for State Development Loans (SDL) also Increased to Rs. 35bn

[RBI Circular No. 55 dated 29th March 2016]

Sub: Investment by Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) in Government 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. The limits for investment by foreign portfolio investors (FPI) in Government securities were last increased in terms of the Medium Term Framework (MTF) announced vide A.P. (DIR Series) Circular No 19 dated October 6, 2015.

2. As announced in the MTF, the limits for investment by FPIs in Central Government Securities for the next half year are proposed to be increased in two tranches, i.e., by Rs. 105 billion from April 4, 2016 and by Rs.100 billion from July 5, 2016 respectively.

3. As in the previous half-year, the limits for State Development Loans (SDL) are proposed to be increased in two tranches, each of Rs.35 billion, from April 4, 2016 and July 5, 2016 respectively.

4. The total increase in limits over the next two quarters would, accordingly, be as under:

(Rs. in billion)

 

Central Government securities

State Development Loans

Aggregate

 

For all FPIs

Additional for Long Term FPIs

Total

For all FPIs (including Long Term FPIs)

Existing Limits

1354

441

1795

70

1865

Revised limits with effect from April 4, 2016

1400

500

1900

105

2005

Revised limits with effect from July 5, 2016

1440

560

2000

140

2140

5. Further, keeping in view the extent of utilization of the limits for Central Government securities by long term and other investors, it has been decided that any limit remaining un-utilised by the long term investors at the end of a half-year would be made available as additional limit to the investors in the open category for the following half-year. Accordingly, the limits for the long term investors remaining unutilized at the end of half year ending Sept 30, 2016 will be released for investment under the open category in October, 2016.

6. All other existing conditions, including the security-wise limits, investment of coupons being permitted outside the limits and investments being restricted to securities with a minimum residual maturity of three years, will continue to apply.

7. Further operational guidelines relating to allocation and monitoring of limits will be issued by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

8. AD Category I banks may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers concerned.

9. 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.