Investment Promotion Board, or FIPB, has rejected Danone''s claims that it does
not need an NOC from the Wadias to go solo, reports CNBC-TV18.
Danone wrote to the finance secretary, who heads the FIPB stating, "It is
indeed surprising that DIPP has raised the issue of Press Note 1, for the proposal
of the investment, by Groupe Danone, where there is no such proposal being made
by us to the government."
had informed the government that it was in the process of introducing its dairy
products and was setting up a greenfield unit. Danone argued that the proposed
project is an old one, for which it had got approval in 1996.
DIPP however said, that Danone''s approval had lapsed in 2003 and the proposed
project was different from the one approved earlier.
FIPB has observed in an internal note that "Groupe Danone, which was communicating
with DIPP till now, suddenly started communicating with FIPB (after getting this
ruling from DIPP). It started sending communication to FIPB, stating that their
entry into the dairy business is not a new venture, it is merely an implementation
of old approval of 1996. Considering the matter in which Groupe Danone is trying
to use the FIPB to avoid the repercussions of the findings of DIPP, it is proposed
that we clarify to Groupe Danone that their understanding is not correct."
government has also issued a stern warning to Danone that while the FDI policy
in India is investor-friendly, any non-compliance would force the government to
take appropriate action under relevant laws.