RBI must effect steep cut in interest rate, or CRR: Assocham
The Reserve Bank will present the mid-quarter Monetary Policy Review on Tuesday.
"...enough of the policy tightening has been done in the past over two years and a lot of economic growth has been sacrificed. The RBI can choose either a drastic CRR cut or reduction in the repo rate to send a strong message among the banks that the interest rates are softening," Assocham President Rajkumar N Dhoot said in a statement.
Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) is the portion of deposits banks have to keep with RBI in cash. Repo is the rate at which RBI lends money to banks and is at 8 per cent.
The apex bank has cut CRR in phases this year to 4.25 per cent.
RBI had left repo rate unchanged in its last quarterly review of the monetary policy in October because of sticky inflation but hinted at easing monetary policy further in the January-March quarter.
As the inflation is at its 10-month low of 7.24 per cent, it is time the RBI took measures to ensure that the interest rates are reduced irrespective of tools it may choose to use, Assocham said.
The industry body said RBI should weigh on its mind that Wholesale Price Index based inflation is showing signs of deceleration and is also set to come down further.
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