Mumbai: In order to arrest the declining value of the rupee, the Reserve Bank on Thursday asked exporters to sell 50 percent of their retained foreign exchange earning.
   
The central bank has also fixed limit for intra-day trading of foreign currency by banks.
   
"On a review of the scheme, it has been decided that 50 percent of the balances in the Exchange Earners' Foreign Currency Account (EEFC) accounts should be converted forthwith into rupee balances and credited to the rupee accounts as per the directions of the account holder," RBI said in a notification.
   
In respect of all future forex earnings, an exchange earner is eligible to retain 50 percent (as against the previous limit of 100 percent) in non-interest bearing EEFC accounts, it said.
   
The balance 50 percent shall be surrendered for conversion to rupee balances, it added.
   
As per the existing rules, an exporter is allowed to retain 100 percent of their earning into foreign currency.
   
EEFC is an account maintained in foreign currency with a bank. It is a facility provided to the foreign exchange earners, including exporters, to credit 100 percent of their foreign exchange earnings to the account. The account holders do not have to convert foreign exchange into Rupees and vice versa, thereby minimising the transaction costs.
   
Following a series of actions by the central bank, the rupee on Thursday recovered by a hefty 60 paise to 53.24 against the US dollar in early trade from yesterday's close of 53.82.
   
"The move will definitely prop the rupee which is very visible today. With this, the RBI is clearly indicating that it does not want to sell the dollar to support the local unit but it prefers policy level actions," India Forex Advisors chief executive Abhishek Goenka said.

(Agencies)

 

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