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'RBI rate hike came as a surprise only because...': Nirmala Sitharaman

Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday said that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the central bank, in an off-cycle meeting, hiked the repo rate by 40 basis points (bps) to 4.40 per cent with immediate effect.

IANS Reported by: IANS New Delhi Updated on: May 08, 2022 19:07 IST
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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Highlights

  • RBI move to raise the policy rate is part of a synchronised action by central banks: FM
  • "It came as a surprise because it came between two monetary policy reviews."
  • RBI has cut repo rate by 250 basis points since February 2019 to help revive the growth momentum.

The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) move to raise the policy rate is part of a synchronised action by the central banks, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said, adding that it came as a surprise only because it was done between two monetary policy reviews.

"It is the timing which came as a surprise to many, but the act people thought should have been done anyway - to what extent could have varied," she said at The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence in Mumbai on Sunday.

"It came as a surprise because it came between two monetary policy reviews."

Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday said that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the central bank, in an off-cycle meeting, hiked the repo rate by 40 basis points (bps) to 4.40 per cent with immediate effect.

Repo rate is the rate at which the central bank lends short-term funds to banks. The RBI has cut the repo rate by 250 basis points since February 2019 to help revive the growth momentum. The Monetary Policy Committee has been on a prolonged accommodative stance to support growth.

Also, case reserve ratio has been hiked by 50 basis points to 4.5 per cent.

The move was taken in order to contain inflation.

Also Read | How RBI rate hike will tame inflation? Explained

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