The Economic Survey 2013-14, presented today in the Lok Sabha by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has noted that India’s foreign exchange reserves increased from US $ 292.0 billion at end March 2013 to US $ 304.2 billion at end march 2014.
The Survey underlined that India continues to be one of the countries that have sizeable foreign exchange reserves particularly considering that some of the other major reserve holders are nations with large current account surpluses.
Intervention in the foreign exchange markets by the RBI so as to manage the exchange rate of the rupee and guard against volatility without targeting a specific rate is behind the accumulation of reserves generally. In the specific context of developments in 2013-14, the intervention was to provide a measure of comfort against the elevated levels of vulnerability indicators which are expressed as proportions of reserves
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