Monetary Policy tweaks by RBI
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced the interest rate by 35 basis point (0.35%). This is the fourth successive reduction in the repo rate.
What is the repo rate?
- The repo rate is the rate at which the RBI lends to the banks of the country.
- Repo rate is one of the sources of the lending amount available to the banks of the nation.
- This money is then used by the banks to finance their day to day lending.
- ?A higher repo rate would make lending credit dearer to the banks which would increase the costs of loans and EMIs.
- A lower repo rate would make borrowing cheaper as credit becomes cheaper for the banks to obtain.
What has happened?
- The repo rate has been reduced by the government by a total of 110 basis points this year (a total of 1.1%).?
- The reductions have been done in an attempt to boost the economy which is currently growing at its slowest pace in over 5 years.
How does the RBI decide the Repo rate?
- The repo rate (RR) is decided by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).
- The MPC comprises of 6 members (3 officials of the Reserve Bank of India and 3 external members nominated by the Government of India).
- The ex officio chairperson of the committee is the Governor of the RBI.
- All decisions are taken by a majority with the Governor having the casting vote in case of a tie.
RBI had reduced the growth projections for the Indian economy to just 6.9% in the current FY lower than its 7% forecast given in June.
The slow is growth is mainly due to the slowdown in demand and in investments.
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