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dollar as a safe haven? As the risk appetite of global investors has increased in recent monthsIndia has witnessed a return of foreign inflows Both FDI and foreign portfolio flows have been strong As the Indian economy grows at a relatively faster pace than the world economy and as the long-run growth prospects of the Indian economy remain strongIndia can be expected to attract capital inflows The global weakening of the dollar and continued capital inflows can put pressure on the rupee to appreciate What should be the RBIs response One option is to do nothing and allow the rupee to appreciate This would offer the RBI a way out of its current policy dilemma It is currently faced with rising inflation and an economy just recovering from a big shock If it were to raise interest ratesin response to inflationary expectationsit would be increasing the cost of borrowing for businesses and households While the economic situation has improved compared to last yearit is too soon to make credit more expensive GDP growth is still below the decadal average of 7 per cent The growth rate of non-food bank credit (seasonally adjusted month on month) has certainly recovered from the post-crisis sub-10 per cent levelsbut remains in the range of 15 to 18 per centand much below the pre-crisis level and the RBI target of 20 per cent Business cycle conditions thus suggest that it is too soon for the RBI to raise interest rates What will rupee appreciation achieve Most importantlyit will reduce the prices of goods which are either imported or priced at import-parity prices While food pricesespecially of fruits and vegetableshave risen the fastestthis is a supply management problem that can be addressed separately If the concern is about prices of manufactured goods risingthese can be reduced by having a stronger currency The exchange rate pass-through in India is both significant and quick But what about the effect of appreciation on exports An appreciation of the rupee could hurt exportswhich are already suffering a huge contraction Rupee appreciation would make our exports more expensive for foreign consumerswho would consume less Indian goods as a consequenceand the export sector may have to adjust to cater more to the domestic market But where should the demand contraction to contain inflation come from If interest rates are raisedit is domestic consumers whose demand contractswhereas if the currency appreciatesit is foreign consumers whose demand contracts For the Indian consumer who gets imports cheaperand does not have to tighten her belt (which she would have towere interest rates to be raised)rupee appreciation is preferable For Indian companies whose raw material costs go down and who will not have to pay higher interest costs in already difficult timesa stronger rupee will be a better option The other response option to the pressure on the rupee to appreciate could be to prevent rupee appreciation In this casethe RBI would buy dollars Remember that India does not have a case for building foreign exchange reserves further as we sold barely 10 per cent of our foreign exchange reserves in the crisis So the sole purpose of buying dollars would be to prevent rupee appreciation This would lead to an increase in the monetary base One option would be to leave the intervention unsterilised This may raise concerns about higher inflation To sterilise its interventionthe RBI would sell government bonds But the RBI is already selling large amounts of government bonds thanks to the governments borrowing programme Its capacity to sell more bonds is limited as banks are already holding more than 27 per cent of their deposits as government bonds And the governments borrowing programme for the second half of the year will also require the RBI to sell more government bonds A more likely scenario is that there will be a partial sterilisation of its forex intervention and the consequent expansion in the monetary base will push the RBI to raise the cash reserve ratio (CRR) Raising the CRR in the present conditions will make bank credit more expensive Through this strategy India could thus end up with some unsterilised interventionexcess liquiditya higher CRR and more expensive bank credit By pegging the rupee to the dollara weakening currencythe effective exchange rate will depreciate and thus push up inflation In summarya pressure on the rupee to appreciate would be a positive development It offers the RBI an easier option as it can avoid raising interest rates until business cycle conditions change further Under this optionthe brunt of demand contraction will not be borne by Indian industry or households The crucial question will be whether the RBI can resist pressure from the exporter lobby The writer is a senior fellow at the National Institute of Public Finance and PolicyDelhi [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: October 9 2015 11:26 am Rishi Kapoor’s film “Do 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