Inflows through special swap windows touch $17.5 bn: RBI

Updated - May 26, 2016 06:25 am IST

Published - November 11, 2013 03:13 pm IST - Mumbai

The Reserve Bank on Monday said it has received $17.5 billion so far through the two special windows for swapping foreign currency non-resident (banks) deposits and overseas foreign currency borrowings by banks.

The central bank operationalised these special windows on September 4 to prop the rupee which had fallen close to 30 per cent between April and August. The window will remain open till November 30.

The special widow allows banks to swap the fresh FCNR (B) dollar funds, mobilised for a minimum tenor of three years and over, at a fixed rate of 3.5 per cent per annum for the tenor of the deposit.

The RBI also allowed banks to borrow up to 100 per cent of tier I capital from overseas, which can be swapped with the central bank at a concessional rate of 100 basis points below the ongoing swap rate prevailing in the market.

The rupee has gained nearly 11 per cent from September till date on account of higher dollar inflows and other measures taken by the RBI and the government.

On November 6, the RBI said that it had received $15.2 billion from the special concessional window.

Many analysts have pegged inflows from these instruments to be in range of $20 to 25 billion.

The rupee was the worst performing Asian currency between end-May and September 3, losing close to 30 per cent from the beginning of the fiscal. Between April 2 and today, the rupee is still down over 16 per cent.

These two windows, coupled with the one for oil companies under which RBI directly sells dollars to them, apart from the sentiment booster that new Governor Raghuram Rajan offered in his inaugural address, have been the main reasons for the massive recoup of the rupee.

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