After a massive drop the previous week, the forex reserves improved marginally by $157.3 million to $292.239 billion for the week ended January 24, on the back of a rise in the core currency assets, data from the Reserve Bank of India showed.
In the previous week, the reserves had plunged by $1.2 billion to $292.08 billion while in the week before that the reserves rose $179 million. In week ending January 10, the total reserves had dipped by $2.599 billion to $293.11 billion.
Foreign currency assets, which form a major part of the overall reserves, rose marginally by $117.3 million to $266.05 billion for the reporting period, the RBI said.
Foreign currency assets, expressed in dollar terms, include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of the non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen, held in reserves.
During the week under review, the gold reserves were unchanged at $19.724 billion.
Special drawing rights gained by $27.6 million to $44.55 billion, while the country's reserve position with IMF declined $12.4 million to $2.06 billion, the apex bank noted.