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RBI raise the repo rate by 40 bps to 4.40 percent

by Kolkata Today

Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday  said that even as the drivers of domestic economic activity are getting stronger, they face headwinds from global spillovers in the form of protracted and intensifying geopolitical tensions along with elevated commodity prices and COVID-19 related lockdowns or restrictions in some major economies.

He said, the economy is also facing headwinds from slowing external demand and tightening global financial conditions on the back of monetary policy normalisation in advanced economies.

Mr Das said, these risks are evolving on the lines anticipated in the April statement after the Monetary Policy Committee meeting and appear to be lingering.

The Reserve Bank’s rate-setting panel, MPC, decided to hold an off-cycle meeting on 2nd and 4th of May and raised the benchmark lending rate (repo) by 40 basis points and hiked CRR by 50 basis points to contain the rising inflation.

The MPC said that in this high-voltage global environment, it is useful to take stock of the domestic macro-economic and financial conditions.

The RBI, however, did not tinker with the GDP growth projection made in April. It had slashed the GDP growth projection for the fiscal 2022-23 to 7.2 per cent from its earlier forecast of 7.8 per cent.

The RBI Governor said, Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based retail inflation rose to nearly seven per cent in March mainly due to the impact of adverse spill overs from unprecedented high global food prices. Nine out of the twelve food sub-groups registered an increase in inflation in March.

Mr Das said, high frequency price indicators for April indicate the persistence of food price pressures.

He said that sustained high inflation inevitably hurts savings, investment, competitiveness and output growth. It has pronounced adverse effects on the poorer segments of the population by eroding their purchasing power.

Mr Das said, as regards the outlook for domestic economic activity, the forecast of a normal southwest monsoon brightens the prospects for kharif production. The recovery in contact-intensive services is expected to be sustained, with the ebbing of the third wave and the growing vaccination coverage.

Also, he said, investment activity should get an uplift from the robust government capex, improving capacity utilisation, stronger corporate balance sheets and congenial financial conditions.

The Governor emphasised that RBI’s monetary policy actions today aimed at lowering inflation and anchoring inflation expectations will strengthen and consolidate the medium-term growth prospects of the economy.

Reiterating that the RBI remains steadfast in its commitment to contain inflation and support growth, Mr Das said, inflation must be tamed to keep the Indian economy resolute on its course to sustained and inclusive growth.


RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Bank Administration Kolkata


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