India’s forex reserves jump by $1.634 billion: RBI

Mumbai: India’s forex reserves jumped $1.634 billion to $618.937 billion for the week ended January 12, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Friday.

In the previous reporting week, the overall reserves had declined sharply by $5.89 billion to $617.3 billion.

The country’s forex kitty had reached an all-time high of $645 billion in October 2021. The reserves took a hit as the central bank deployed the kitty to defend the rupee amid pressures caused majorly by global developments since last year.

For the week ended January 12, the foreign currency assets — a major component of the reserves — increased $1.859 billion to $548.508 billion, the data said.

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 were down $242 million to $47.247 billion during the week, the RBI said.

The Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) were up $12 million to $18.31 billion, the apex bank said.

India’s reserve position with the IMF increased $6 million to $4.872 billion in the reporting week, the RBI data added.

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