Mumbai: Describing the proposed gold deposit scheme as a "game changer", State Bank of India's economic research department has said it will help attract at least Rs 1 lakh crore in deposits on the precious metal.
"The proposed introduction of a gold deposit scheme is a big positive and conservative estimates show that the monetary value of gold deposits mobilised may be at least Rs 1 trillion," it said in note on Sunday.
It will be a "game changer" by incentivising the banks to hold a part of the deposits as part of the mandatory cash reserve ratio or the statutory reserve ratio. This may free up resources for productive or lending purposes, it said.
The conservative estimates show even at a 30 per cent strike rate, the monetary value of gold deposits mobilised may be as much as Rs 3 lakh crore, it said.
According to the note, the new scheme will help depositors of gold earn interest and jewellers to obtain loans on their metal accounts.
It can be noted that these imports resulted in problems on the external front, where the current account deficit expanded which led to a heavy fall in the rupee.