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190. 

Who released a report that RBI has Rs.3 lakh crore (43$ billion) in excess reserves?

[A]. UBS
[B]. World Bank
[C]. BofAML
[D]. Bank of America

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML), the excess reserves that RBI holds could be up to Rs.3 lakh crore ($43 billion) or 1.5% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product). This also includes the excess capital in contingency reserves and revaluation reserves. The Bimal Jalan committee on the appropriate capital reserves for RBI was likely to identify this excess buffer. The committee was set up in December-end with a 6-member panel headed by former RBI governor Jalan. Indranil Sen Gupta, chief India economist at BofAML notified that RBI maintains higher contingency reserves as a percentage of its total book compared to its peers in Brazil, Russia and South Africa, thus a lower cap will bring in more funds. The BofAML report stated that capping overall reserves at 20% from 25.5% will release Rs. 1.96 lakh crore and there is no specific hindrance which would deter RBI from transferring the money to government.

Susmita Upadhyay said: (Apr 25, 2019)  
This is a great platform to learn.

Omkar said: (May 21, 2019)  
It should be 43 billion USD.

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