Reserve Bank of India begins consultation with finance ministry on monetary policy

Written by Reuters | Updated: Aug 10 2014, 19:44pm hrs
RBIRajan said cut in the SLR will not impact government's borrowing costs as credit demand remains muted.
Reserve Bank of India has started preliminary discussions with the finance ministry on monetary policy framework, which includes targeting consumer price index-based inflation, its governor Raghuram Rajan on Sunday said.

Last week, the cenral bank kept the policy rates unchanged, third time in a row at 8 percent, and set a target to bring down retail inflation to 6 percent by March 2016.

Rajan also said cut in the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) will not impact government's borrowing costs as credit demand remains muted.

On Aug. 5, the Reserve Bank of India lowered banks' minimum bond holding requirements, known as the SLR, by half a percentage point to 22.0 percent to free up more money for lending, effective from Aug. 9.