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India's foreign exchange reserves decline by $2.1 billion to $584.2 billion

Gold reserves dropped by Rs 24 million to Rs 46.151 billion, the RBI said

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Manojit SahaPress Trust of India Mumbai

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The country’s foreign exchange reserves dropped $2.1 billion for the week ended April 21, 2023 to reach $584.2 billion, latest data released by the Reserve Bank of India showed. The drop in total reserves was due to a decline in foreign currency assets by almost the same amount. 

In the previous reporting week, the overall kitty had risen by $1.657 billion to $586.412 billion.

It can be noted that in October 2021, the country’s forex kitty had reached an all-time high of $645 billion. The reserves have been declining as the central bank deployed the kitty to defend the rupee amid pressures caused majorly by global developments.

For the week ended April 21, the foreign currency assets, a major component of the reserves, decreased by $2.146 billion to $514.489 billion, according to the Weekly Statistical Supplement released by the RBI.

Expressed in dollar terms, the foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US units like the euro, pound and yen held in the foreign exchange reserves.

Gold reserves dropped by Rs 24 million to Rs 46.151 billion, the RBI said.

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First Published: Apr 28 2023 | 11:16 PM IST

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