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Foreign investors continue to escape even after Modi’s Rs 21 lakh cr economic package

Published: May 22, 2020

Even as the Narendra Modi government aims to attract more foreign investors to India by
liberalising the policies and laws, it has not helped to lift sentiments across foreign portfolio
investors. The FPI investors have been pulling out their investments from the Indian
market every day even after PM Modi announced an economic stimulus package as big as
Rs 20 lakh crore on May 12. Immediately the next day of the announcement, Rs 6,066
crore was pulled out from the Indian market, according to the data provided by the
National Securities and Exchange Limited (NSDL).

In fact, in the last six working days, the foreign portfolio investors have withdrawn a total of Rs 21,308 crore from the Indian market. The flight of foreign investors has been continued since the month of March when coronavirus cases started to show in India. The month saw a net pull out of over Rs 1 lakh crore, which was a record-high. Even since, the
foreign investors have been a net seller in the subsequent months.

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