The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept the repo rates unchanged at 6.5 per cent in its latest bi-monthly monetary policy, as reported by Business Standard (BS).
Repo rate is the rate at which RBI lends money to commercial banks in exchange for government securities and reverse repo rate is the rate at which RBI borrows the banks. Also, RBI’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), created under the current NDA government, is the apex authority that decides on the interest rates in India. It meets at least four times a year.
The RBI though decided to slash the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) by 25 bps, as reported by Economic Times. Though in a relief to Indian consumers it lowered inflation projection for the second quarter to 2.7-3.2 per cent from the earlier prediction of 3.9-4.5 per cent.
According to a recent poll conducted by the news agency, Reuters, the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) was not expected to raise interest rates in the near future, and the hike might come only after April 2019.
During inflation, RBI increases repo rates to make it costly for the banks to borrow money from it and in turn, this makes it expensive for customers to borrow from the banks. Thus, money supply in the country is constrained, and growth takes a hit.