RBI defies govt, no rate cut, CRR cut
Accordingly, the CRR or the portion of deposits banks have to park with the RBI now stands at 4.25 per cent while the repo rate, at which RBI lends to the system, has been retained at 8 per cent.
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The reverse repo, at which RBI absorbs excess liquidity through borrowings from banks, remains at 7 per cent.
Reacting to the policy, the BSE 30-stock index, Sensex, slid 181.72, or 0.98 per cent, to 18,454.10 at 1138 hrs.
The new rates will be effective November 3, RBI Governor D Subbarao said while unveiling the mid-year monetary policy review.
"Managing inflation and inflationary expectations remains the primary focus of the monetary policy," Subbarao said, stating that the persistently high inflation remains a "key challenge" even though growth has slid.
The CRR cut, the Governor said, is aimed at enhancing liquidity. It will infuse Rs 17,500 crore into the system, complement the Government's reform measures and anchor medium term inflation expectations.
The easing of CRR would release primary liquidity prompting banks to cut interest rates.
The RBI has also revised downwards the GDP growth estimate to 5.8 per cent from the earlier 6.5 per cent, while increased its March-end headline inflation forecast to 7.5 per cent. It is the second time since the