On allowing participation of banks, alternative investment funds and foreign portfolio investors in commodities, Mr Sinha said, SEBI was in active consultation with the Reserve Bank over the issue.
The move comes after Sebi in its board meeting last month permitted mutual funds to invest in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs).
Besides, fund managers have pumped in Rs 23,861 crore in the debt market during the period under review.
At its board meeting here, Sebi allowed investment by mutual funds in REITs and InvITs saying the units of such trusts are hybrid instruments.
A fund would not be able to invest more than 5 percent of its net asset value in units of a single issuer of REIT or InvITs, the regulator said in a statement.
Fund houses are also upbeat on the industry performance in the new year while expecting investment from new investors to fuel the growth of the sector.
Volatility in the equity markets notwithstanding, the mutual funds industry is confident of attracting new investors and hopes to benefit from the macro-changes post-demonetisation, said a leading industry player.
The move would help in speedy and easy transactions, while reducing failures due to payment gateway issues.
Industry insiders attributed the latest inflow to aggressive buying by fund managers on account of sharp plunge in equity markets.
Market experts attributed the inflow to positive climate and optimistic environment in both equity and debt markets.
Besides, they invested a net Rs 21,000 crore in equity markets during the period under review.
This is on top of an addition of 43 lakh folios in 2015-16 and 25 lakh in 2014-15.
Equity mutual funds witnessed an inflow of over Rs 3,700 crore in September, taking the total investment to more than Rs 22,000 crore in the first six months of the current fiscal.
At present, the paperless SIP (systematic investment plans) facility has been made available in simulation environment and will be made live tentatively by Diwali.
The asset base of mutual fund industry has been growing in the last few years. In fact, AUM has increased from Rs 3.26 lakh crore as March 31, 2007 to Rs 16.11 lakh crore.
Showing a growing traction for mutual funds among investors, the number of folios has surged by over 21 lakh in the first five months of the ongoing fiscal to around 5 crore, mainly on account of strong participation from retail investors.
Mutual fund industry's asset base rose to a fresh all-time high of Rs 15.6 lakh crore at the end of August, helped by strong inflows in income and equity segments.
Mutual fund managers pumped in over Rs 2,700 crore in equity markets in August after witnessing outflows in the preceding two months.
Providing relief to financial institutions and their account holders, the government on Wednesday indefinitely extended the deadline for complying with self-certification norms under FATCA provisions.