Mayaram meets top officials to firm up steps to arrest R fall

Aug 11 2013, 00:33 IST
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SummaryTop finance ministry officials worked overtime on the weekend to firm up additional steps to arrest the sliding value of the rupee

Top finance ministry officials worked overtime on the weekend to firm up additional steps to arrest the sliding value of the rupee and contain the current account deficit (CAD).

Continuing the discussions initiated by finance minister P Chidambaram on Friday, economic affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram held a meeting of senior officials, including additional secretary (Capital Markets) K P Krishnan and top tax officials.

Some announcements are likely to be made by the ministry on Monday, either in Parliament or outside, sources said.

The steps being contemplated by the ministry to check the rupee fall and boost forex flows include further relaxation of ECB norms for state-owned firms, curbs on import of non-essential goods and encouragement to exports.

Mayaram, after a meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council in Mumbai earlier this week, had said, “You should wait till the end of the week. The finance minister will be talking about this (outcome of the meeting) later.”

Chidambaram held meetings on Friday with senior officials, including commerce secretary SR Rao, and is believed to have discussed measures to check the import of non-essential goods.

The minister had earlier said that the government would be looking at “some compression in non-oil and non-gold imports, especially of non-essential goods.”

He had cited examples of coal and electronic hardware, adding that officials would be working out a list of imported items that could be reduced.

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