By Accommodation Times News Conference
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has requested the TRAI to see into and comment in reference of the Foreign Direct Investments limits in the Broadcasting Sector and the Print Sector. The Ministry of Finance has prepared the paper seeing the existing FDI caps in the sector.
The paper had been forwarded to TRAI seeking its recommendations under Section 11(1)(a)(ii) & (iv) of the TRAI Act, 1997, which pertains to the terms and conditions of license to a service provider and measures to facilitate competition and promote efficiency in the operation of telecommunication services to facilitate growth in such services.
In a similar separate communication, the Ministry has requested Press Council of India to expedite its advice on the existing sect oral caps of FDI in Print Media, under Section 13 of PCI Act, 1978. The advice has been sought in view of the communication received from the Ministry of Finance which aims to review policy of sect oral caps of FDI in Print Media. Section 13 authorizes PCI to express its opinion in regard to any matter referred to it by the Central Government.
The paper proposes to raise the existing FDI cap of 26% which is through FIPB route to 49% through automatic route in the news sector. In the non-news sector, the existing FDI cap is 100% through FIPB route which has been proposed to be 100% through automatic route without the requirement of FIPB’s approval.