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RBI buys 8.46 tonne of gold in FY18 for the first time since 2009

RBI held 566.23 tonne of gold as on June 30, 2018, compared with 557.77 tonne as on June 30, 2017

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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The (RBI) has bought 8.46 tonne of in financial year 2017-18, the first purchase of yellow metal by the apex bank in almost nine years, a report said.

held 566.23 tonne of as on June 30, 2018, compared with 557.77 tonne as on June 30, 2017, according to RBI's latest annual report for 2017-18.

"The increase is on account of addition of 8.46 tonne of during the year," the report said.

Last time the apex bank purchased gold was in November 2009, when it had bought 200 tonne of yellow metal from the (IMF).

Of 566.23 tonne of gold reserves, 292.30 tonne is held as backing for notes and is shown as an asset of the Issue Department, and the balance 273.93 tonne is treated as an asset of the Banking Department.

The value of gold held as asset of Banking Department rose by 11.12 per cent to Rs 696.74 billion as on June 30, 2018, from Rs  627.02 billion as on June 30, 2017.

This increase was primarily on account of depreciation of rupee as against the dollar and the addition of 8.44 tonne of gold during the year, report said.

First Published: Mon, September 03 2018. 16:56 IST
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