RBI Monetary Policy: Status Quo on rates
The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) kept the repo rate unchanged in the fourth bi-monthly policy meet for the financial year 2021-22 headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has maintained the status quo. The Monetary Policy Committee kept the repo rate unchanged at 4 per cent. The reverse repo rate will continue to be 3.35 per cent. The meeting was held between October (6 to 8). The remaining will take place in December (6 to 8) and February (7 to 9, 2022).
The Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate and bank rates remain unchanged:
Policy Repo Rate: 4.00%
Reverse Repo Rate: 3.35%
Marginal Standing Facility Rate: 4.25%
Bank Rate: 4.25%
RBI Monetary Policy Highlights & Key Decisions:
FY22 GDP growth forecast maintained at 9.5%.
CPI inflation is projected at 5.3% for the current fiscal year.
Bond purchases under G-SAP stopped.
Open market operations to continue as needed.
Internal ombudsman plan for non-bank lenders.
On-tap special LTRO of 3 years worth Rs 10,000 crore for small businesses extended till Dec 31.
Framework planned for retail digital payments in offline mode.
Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) limited upped from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh
No compulsion for banks to park money in variable reverse repo rate (VRRR).
The composition of the Monetary Policy Committee is as follows:
Governor of the Reserve Bank of India – Chairperson, ex officio: Shri Shaktikanta Das.
Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, in charge of Monetary Policy– Member, ex officio: Dr Michael Debabrata Patra.
One officer of the Reserve Bank of India to be nominated by the Central Board – Member, ex officio: Dr Mridul K. Saggar.
A professor at the Mumbai-based Indira Gandhi Institute of Developmental Research: Prof. Ashima Goyal.
A professor of finance at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad: Prof. Jayanth R Varma.
An agricultural economist and a senior adviser with the National Council of Applied Economic Research in New Delhi: Dr Shashanka Bhide.