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India's forex reserves drop $3.79 billion to $586.91 billion

The reserves took a hit as central bank deployed the kitty to defend rupee amid pressures caused by global developments

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Mumbai: India's forex reservesdropped further by $3.794 billion to $586.908 billion for the week ended September 29, the Reserve Bank said on Friday.

In the previous reporting week, the overall reserves had declined by $2.335 billion to $ 590.702 billion as of September 22. It can be noted that in October 2021, the country's forex kitty had reached an all-time high of $ 645 billion.

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 September 29, the foreign currency assets, a major component of the reserves, decreased by $ 3.127 billion to $ 520.236 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 were down by $ 576 million to $ 43.731 billion, the RBI said.

The Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) were down by $ 74 million to $ 17.939 billion, the apex bank said. The country's reserve position with the IMF was also down by $ 18 million to $ 5.002 billion in the reporting week, the central bank data showed.

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