India’s forex reserves down $1.3 bn

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Mumbai, Oct 5 (IANS) India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves declined $1.26 billion during the week ended September 28, official data showed on Friday.

According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the overall forex reserves decreased to $400.52 billion from $401.79 billion reported for the week ended September 21.

India’s forex reserves comprise foreign currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, special drawing rights (SDRs) and the RBI’s position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Segment-wise, FCAs — the largest component of the forex reserves — plunged by $1.16 billion to $376.24 billion during the week under review.

Besides the US dollar, FCAs consist of nearly 20-30 per cent of major global currencies.

The RBI weekly statistical supplement showed that the value of the country’s gold reserves decreased. It went down by $70.7 million to $20.34 billion.

As per the data, the SDRs’ value fell by $10.4 million to $1.47 billion, while the country’s reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) decreased by $14.6 million to $2.46 billion.



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