‘Being tough on gold imports won’t work’
The Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) chairman C Rangarajan said steps like banning gold imports would only push up its smuggling.
Rangarajan, who served as RBI governor, said there are already indications that illegal shipments of the precious metal have gone up in the last three months after the hike in the excise duty.
“That is an indication of how much gold is being smuggled in. I would say to some extent we should dissuade people from holding an asset which does not give a rate of return. However, you can’t go beyond a particular point,” Rangarajan said here at a function organised by the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), an institution set up by RBI.
Former governor YV Reddy said, “If Mercedes Benz and aftershave lotion can be imported, why not gold? It is both an investment and consumption good. Many people seem to mistake that it is only hedge against inflation. There is a demand for it. It is being imported. If you can, try to stop it.”
The RBI Governor D Subbarao said the central bank is “concerned about gold as means of saving because it blocks off savings”.
“We are concerned about gold… lending against gold by non-bank finance companies (NBFCs) because of financial stability concerns. We have been concerned about gold from
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