RBI does not have fixed dollar:rupee exchange rate: Shaktikanta Das
- The aspect of adequacy of forex reserves is always kept in mind while
RBIintervenes in the forex market, says RBI governor.
- The Indian rupee has depreciated by 7.4 % against the US dollar but performed better than other Asian peers.
- Das said a stable exchange rate is a beacon of financial and overall macroeconomic stability and market confidence.
He also said the aspect of adequacy of forex reserves is always kept in mind while RBI intervenes in the forex market. The umbrella continues to be strong.
Announcing the Monetary Policy statement on
This has caused turmoil in currency markets globally.
The Indian rupee movement has been orderly as compared to the currencies of most other nations, Das said.
He said the Indian rupee has depreciated by 7.4 % against the US dollar during the same period - faring much better than several reserve currencies as well as many of its emerging market economies and Asian peers.
Das said a stable exchange rate is a beacon of financial and overall macroeconomic stability and market confidence.
Citing the divergent views on the exchange rate of the rupee and the adequacy of our forex reserves Das said the rupee is a freely floating currency and its exchange rate is market determined.
"Second, the RBI does not have any fixed exchange rate in mind. It intervenes in the market to curb excessive volatility and anchor expectations. The overarching focus is on maintaining macroeconomic stability and market confidence," he said.
According to him, RBI's actions helped in engendering investor confidence as reflected in the return of capital inflows since July.
"Over the medium term, the primacy of price stability embedded in our flexible inflation targeting (
The RBI's interventions in the forex market are based on continuous assessment of the prevailing and evolving situation.
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