Economic growth in India: No cause for concern, says Arvind Mayaram

Written by Reuters | New Delhi, Mumbai | Updated: Jan 27 2014, 18:42pm hrs
Arvind Mayaram, Arvind Mayaram rupee, Arvind Mayaram rupee fallArvind Mayaram added he did not believe the Indian rupee would tumble and track steep falls in the Argentina peso.
Seeking to assuage investors worried over declining value of the Indian rupee and falling stock markets, the Finance Ministry today said country's economic fundamentals are "very strong" and there is no cause for concern.

"Current Account Deficit (CAD) is below USD 50 billion. Foreign exchange reserves are (at) all-time high. We have very strong fundamentals... I don't think that there is any cause of worry," Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram told reporters.

He was responding to a query regarding the decline in the value of the Indian rupee, which has slipped to 62.75 against the US dollar. The stock markets too plunged, with the benchmark BSE Sensex declining over 300 points in early trade.

Mayaram further said that there was no reason for the Indian currency to be impacted by something happening in Argentina. "I do not see any correlation," he added.

He was apparently referring to the massive fall in the value of the Argentina's currency peso last week.

The rupee, he said, "will remain range-bound and we should not get overtly concerned."

Every currency behaves based on the strength of its own fundamentals, he said, stressing there had been considerable improvement in the CAD situation.

The CAD, which is the difference between inflow and outflow of foreign exchange, slipped to all time high of USD 88.2 billion in 2012-13 or 4.8 per cent of the GDP.

Situation has improved with the government and the Reserve Bank taking series of steps to contain the CAD. In the current financial year it is expected to fall below USD 50 billion.

On whether the recent decision of the RBI to withdraw pre-2005 currency notes was aimed at curbing black money, Mayaram said it was "not an effort to tackle black money which is a complex thing."

Also, he added, withdrawal of a series of notes which have fewer security features cannot be termed a demonitisation of currency notes.

Not overly concerned with Indian rupee's movement, says Arvind Mayaram

(Reuters): India's record high foreign exchange reserves and "strong" fundamentals should reduce concerns about the Indian rupee currency, Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram said on Monday.

"Today, our current account deficit is going to be below $50 billion, foreign exchange reserves are (at an) all-time high, and we believe that we have very strong fundamentals in place," Mayaram told reporters in New Delhi.

Mayaram added he did not believe the Indian rupee would tumble and track steep falls in the Argentina peso.

"There is no reason why we should believe that if Argentina is in trouble today, that the Indian rupee should follow."

The Indian rupee fell to as low as 62.90 to the dollar on Monday, its lowest since Nov. 22, as emerging markets remained under pressure on fears about an economic slowdown in China and uncertainty about monetary stimulus tapering by the U.S. Federal Reserve.