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Panic unwarranted, rupee to stabilise: FinMin

Last updated on: June 10, 2013 19:43 IST
A worker counts Indian currency at a money changer.

Putting up a brave front in the wake of steep decline in rupee to all time low of 58.16, government on Monday said the panic is unwarranted and hoped the domestic currency will stabilise "in a while".

"If you see weakening of all currencies vis-a-vis dollar, rupee is also not unaffected in that sense. But I think this is panic (in) the market which is unwarranted," Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram said.

This, he said, started off with misinterpretation of what Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had said regarding Quantitative Easing (QE) recently.

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Panic in market about Rupee 'unwarranted': FinMin

Last updated on: June 10, 2013 19:43 IST
An employee counts US dollar notes at a money changer.

"They have now more than clarified that this (Quantitative Easing withdrawal) is not imminent neither it is going to be something which will happen quickly. I think this will settle down in a while. We should not worry but we are watching the situation closely," he said.

The rupee sank by a staggering 110 paise to life-time low of 58.16 against dollar, making the struggling economy further vulnerable as imports become costlier, inflation risks rise and record high CAD worsens.

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Panic in market about Rupee 'unwarranted': FinMin

Last updated on: June 10, 2013 19:43 IST

Attributing decline in rupee to high current account deficit and erratic capital flows, Chairman of Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) C Rangarajan said whenever foreign investment is not steady, there is pressure on currency.

"I think the point is really that the fluctuation in the rupee is because of fluctuations in the capital flows. When capital flows revert (increase), I believe the value of rupee will strengthen," he said.

Commenting on the rupee fall, chief economic adviser Raghuram Rajan said the weakness in rupee could be a temporary phenomenon.

 

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