Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has assured the Indian diaspora community that their home country was a safe investment destination.

He also assured the stability of Indian rupee, saying it better reflected the true value after the Reserve Bank of India took urgent steps for managing the currency volatility.

“We believe that the exchange rate of rupee today is a better reflection of its true value and we are confident that both volatility and speculation have been largely contained,” Chidambaram today said at the opening of South Asian Diaspora Convention, 2013, which was attended by over 1,000 delegates.

RBI measures

He pointed out that RBI took a number of steps, some of which were clearly emergency ones to contain volatility.

He said the good market response to the rupee bond floated by the International Finance Corporation two days ago indicated market confidence in the Indian currency.

“Although I would hesitate to draw conclusion at this early stage, all these, in my view augurs well for attracting investments,” he said.

Overseas remittances

Touching on the role of Indian diaspora, the Minister said since 2003, India has been the largest recipient of overseas remittances, which rose from $2 billion in 1991 to $70 billion in 2013.

“Two months ago, RBI opened a special window to attract funds into FCNR B — I am happy to report that as I speak to you today, the scheme, which will close on November 30, has received $16 billion,’’ he said.

The FCNR B allows the account holder to retain deposits in foreign currency and earn attractive interest.

“In recent times, we have turned our attention to successful Indian entrepreneurs and high networth individuals,” he said.

(This article was published on November 21, 2013)
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