RBI likely to maintain status quo in Aug policy, says SBI chief

Written by Press Trust of India | Updated: Jul 25 2014, 06:19am hrs
State Bank of India (SBI) chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya on Thursday said the Reserve Bank is likely to keep interest rate intact in its upcoming monetary policy review next month.

I think status quo is more likely, she said when asked what her expectation was from the RBI policy review.

On capital requirement, Bhattacharya said: There are various scenarios, various requirements... at this point of time when the credit growth is not too much, I am not seeing any immediate requirement. But going ahead, of course, there will be requirement on the capital front.

For the current fiscal, the bank has not taken a decision on how much to raise, she said on the sidelines of an event organised by Nabard.

Reserve Bank is scheduled to announce its bi-monthly monetary policy on August 3.

It is largely believed that RBI is going to keep interest rate intact as there is pressure on inflation due to deficient rainfall in the country.

Prices of some of the food articles like onion, tomato and potatoes have firmed up in the recent past. In the last policy review in June, RBI chose not to tinker with the policy rate. It was the second consecutive time that RBI governor Raghuram Rajan kept interest rates unchanged