Maha tops FDI inflow

Maharashtra leads in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow. From 2000 to 2012, out of the total FDI flow into the country, a whopping 33%, amounting to $61 billion, reached Maharashtra, as per the data provided by the state industries department.
In comparison, Delhi, NCR, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana together accounted for FDI worth $35.4 billion in the same period.
Most of the FDI was in the services, telecommunication, metallurgy, power and computer hardware and software sectors. The maximum FDI of $70.9 billion came in from Mauritius, followed by Singapore ($18.4 billion), the UK ($17 billion), Japan ($13.83 billion) and the US ($10.8 billion).
State industries department officials say Gujarat saw a drop of 43% in the quantum of FDI inflow in 2012-13. Also, it ranked sixth among states in attracting overseas investments in 2012-13.
As per certain reports, Maharashtra attracted 17 times more FDI than Gujarat in 2012-13. The FDI flow into Maharashtra reached Rs.47,359 crore in 2012-13 from Rs.44,664 crore in 2011-12.
Gujarat is said to lag behind Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in terms of FDI inflow. Almost all these states saw a growth in FDI inflow in 2012-13.
The state has also seen development of second-tier towns — Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Kolhapur — as industrial centres. These are apart from Mumbai, Thane and Pune, which are already established industrial centres.

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