Poor IIP shows: India Inc disappointed
Industry chamber CII said the Reserve Bank should intervene and cut interest rates. The RBI needs to reduce repo rate (short-term lending rate) by 0.5 per cent and Cash Reserve Ratio (the portion of deposits banks are required to
keep with RBI) by 0.5 per cent.
"While fully appreciating the imperative of anchoring inflation, it is our view that RBI now needs to intervene and reduce interest rates, since a complete sacrifice of growth is not in the interest of the economy," CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said.
Sharing similar views, Ficci President R V Kanoria said, it hopes RBI will relook at its monetary policy in the light of latest Index of Industrial Production (IIP) figures and reduce interest rates.
Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat also said that the RBI needs to take a constructive view while announcing the next credit policy.
The RBI has refrained from cutting interest rate fearing that it could fuel inflation. The central bank is scheduled to come out with next mid-quarter policy on December 18.
Industrial production contracted by 0.4 per cent in September on account of dismal performance by manufacturing and capital goods sectors.
The industrial output growth rate turned negative in September after showing 2.3 per cent growth in the previous month. The IIP was 2.5 per cent in corresponding month last year.
The country's economic growth rate
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