India's forex reserves have been declining for quiet some time now and for the reporting period to August 17 has again declined by $33.2 million to $400.847 billion primarily aided by the decline in foreign currency assets.
The decline is largely triggered by RBI's proactive measures to stem further free-fall in the rupee which in the wake of Turkey crisis and US-China trade war threat has fallen past the 70 mark.
In Friday's session, rupee after opening at 70.21 for a dollar closed at 69.91.
In the week ended 17 August, foreign currency assets, a major component of the overall reserves, dipped by $60.2 million to $376.205 billion, as per data.
Expressed in the US dollar terms, foreign currency assets include the effect of appreciation/depreciation of the non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and the yen held in the reserves.
Gold reserves rose by $36.1 million to $20.727 billion in the reporting week.
The special drawing rights with International Monetary Fund (IMF) dipped by $3.4 million to $1.463 billion.
The country's reserve position with the IMF also declined by $5.7 million to $2.452 billion, the apex bank said.
With PTI Inputs