Raghuram Rajan – the new Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor – has announced a slew of measures to attract capital flows in the country to provide support to the rupee which has depreciated around 22% in the current financial year.
Here are the key steps that were announced yesterday and their expected impact:
| Measures || Objective || Impact |
| Swap window to banks for fresh FCNR(B) Dollar funds mobilized for at least 3 years at a fixed rate of 3.5% p.a || Boosting forex reserves || Banks can raise FCNR (B) deposit around 2.5 % cheaper than market rate; $10 billion inflows likely |
| Overseas borrowing limit of banks has been raised from 50% of unimpaired Tier I capital to 100% || More room for banks to raise overseas funds || Banks will have the headroom to raise around $ 30 billion |
| Exporters can rebook cancelled forward exchange contracts to the extent of 50%, importers to the extent of 25% || Increase depth of FX market, aid operational ease || Exporters, importers will have greater flexibility in foreign risk management |
| RBI will issue inflation indexed savings certificate linked to the new CPI index || Attract domestic household savings || Encourage household savings, which dropped to an 11-year low in FY12 and reduce structural pressure on current account gap. |