India could allow foreign currency-rupee options by April

“We are actively considering the prospect of banks based in India being permitted to offer foreign currency-rupee options to Indian corporates as a risk management product,” said the official. But the RBI would introduce the options in a controlled manner: “In the process the banks would be allowed to run an options book in a limited way.”

The official said there is not yet a firm time-frame for the approval of foreign currency-rupee options, but added that a realistic estimate would be April.

The RBI currently only allows companies to use forwards and long-term currency swaps in order to hedge their risks.

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