RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.25%

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel is slated to appear before the Parliamentary panel on Wednesday in order to provide clarification on an array of queries related to demonetization.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel is slated to appear before the Parliamentary panel on Wednesday in order to provide clarification on an array of queries related to demonetization.

New Delhi, April 6: RBI keeps Repo Rate unchanged at 6.25 %, increases Reverse Repo Rate to 6%. Announcing its first bi-monthly monetary policy statement for 2017-18 today, the RBI kept GVA (Gross Value Added) (projected) growth at 7.4% in 2017-18 as compared to 6.7% in 2016-17, says RBI. MSF (Marginal Standing Facility) and the bank rate is 6.50 %: RBI.

“For 2017-18, inflation is projected to average 4.5 percent in the first half of the year and 5 percent in the second half,” said Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel.

He said that the MPC believes that the inflation developments have to be closely and continuously monitored, with food price pressures kept in check so that inflation expectations can be re-anchored.

Patel further added that there is scope for transmission of rates.

“The GVA growth is projected to strengthen to 7.4 percent in 2017-18 from 6.7 percent in 2016-17, with risks evenly balanced,” added Patel while quoting that the banks have reduced lending rates, although the further scope for a complete transmission of policy impulses remains, including for small savings/administered rates.

“The Marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate is reduced to 6.50 percent from 6.75 percent with no significant impact on bond markets,” added Patel.

MPC says that volatility in crude oil prices and its lagged pass-through are impacting the trajectory of CPI inflation excluding food and fuel. (ANI)

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