June 29, 2015 / 7:12 AM / 3 years ago

India says still to draw up plan to deal with any Greek fallout

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is monitoring developments after the breakdown in talks between Greece and its creditors but does not have a firm plan in place to deal with any significant fallout, Finance Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said on Monday.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seal is pictured on a gate outside the RBI headquarters in Mumbai October 29, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Worries over Greece sparked a sell-off in emerging markets on Monday. In India, the Nifty fell as much as 2.2 percent, while the benchmark 10-year bond yield hit its highest since May 22.

“This a dynamic and evolving situation. There is no firm plan that we can access,” Mehrishi told reporters. “Nobody can predict what the exact situation would be.”

Mehrishi added the government was in touch with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to deal with any situation.

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan said last week he expected India’s economy would be able to withstand any impact from the crisis in Greece thanks in part to its foreign exchange reserves, which reached a record high of $355.46 billion as of June 19.

Mehrishi said on Monday the fallout from Greece would not have a direct impact on India but that flows would be a potential concern.

“If yields on euro bonds go up, then it might impact inflows and outflows from India,” he said.

Reporting by Manoj Kumar and Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing by Rafael Nam and Alan Raybould

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