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RBI reduces repo rate by 25 basis points
Jan '15
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the country’s central bank, has reduced the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 25 basis points from 8.0 per cent to 7.75 per cent with immediate effect.
Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted to 6.75 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 8.75 per cent with immediate effect, according to a statement on monetary policy released by Governor Raghuram Rajan.
Since July 2014, inflationary pressures (measured by changes in the consumer price index) have been easing. The path of inflation, while below the expected trajectory, has been consistent with the assessment of the balance of risks in the Reserve Bank’s bi-monthly monetary policy statements, the statement said.
Households’ inflation expectations have adapted, and both near-term and longer-term inflation expectations have eased to single digits for the first time since September 2009. Inflation outcomes have fallen significantly below the 8 per cent targeted by January 2015. Hence, on current policy settings, inflation is likely to be below 6 per cent by January 2016, predicts the RBI.
However, RBI chose to keep the cash reserve ratio (CRR) of scheduled banks unchanged at 4.0 per cent of net demand and time liabilities (NDTL). Further, the RBI will continue to provide liquidity under overnight repos at 0.25 per cent of bank-wise NDTL at the LAF repo rate and liquidity under 7-day and 14-day term repos of up to 0.75 per cent of NDTL of the banking system through auctions; and will also continue with daily variable rate repos and reverse repos to smooth liquidity.
The RBI had reduced the repo rate last time in May, 2013 when it cut the rate from 7.5 per cent to 7.25 per cent. Ever since, the rates have been going up and remained at 8 per cent since January 2014.
Welcoming the RBI's decision to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points, Virender Uppal, chairman Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), said, “This was the need of the hour as the availability of credit is the fuel for the industry and is one of the prime and perhaps most critical factor for small and medium scale industry, that drives investment and growth. The Industry was awaiting this concession for a long time as it felt that the Government had the fiscal head room to do so because of the falling oil prices and moderate inflation.” (RKS)

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