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Currency revaluation swells India's Forex reserves: Experts

Analysts attributed the rise in Forex reserves to the currency revaluation effect and appreciation in the US dollar value

Currency revaluation swells India's Forex reserves: Experts

India's foreign exchange (Forex) reserves grew by $347 million during the week ended February 12, despite a massive decline in India's reserve position with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts said Saturday.

According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI's) weekly statistical supplement, the overall Forex reserves gained by $347.2 million to touch $351.83 billion for the week under review.

The foreign reserves had risen by $2.33 billion to $351.48 billion for the week ended February 5.

Analysts attributed the rise in Forex reserves to the currency revaluation effect and appreciation in the US dollar value.

The currency revaluation strengthened the foreign currency assets (FCAs) which is the largest component of India's Forex reserves. It grew by $1.58 billion to $330.01 billion during the week under review.

Apart from the US dollar, the FCAs consist of nearly 20-30% of other non-US dollar major global currencies, securities and bonds.

The individual movements of these currencies against the US dollar impacts the overall foreign reserves value.

"The country's foreign exchange reserves rose by $347.2 million to $351.831 billion in the week to February 12, thanks to revaluation impact from the non dollar part of reserves," Anindya Banerjee, associate vice president for currency derivatives with Kotak Securities said. 

"RBI may have been selling US dollars that week through the forward and futures market, which is not going to be counted as a part of the official reserves statistics," he added. 

Notwithstanding, the country's gold reserves remained stagnant. The bullion had risen by $456.6 million to $17.69 billion for the week ended February 5.

The special drawing rights (SDRs) were higher by $21.5 million to $4.06 billion.

However, the country's reserve position with the IMF plunged by $1.25 billion to $54.2 million.