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RBI Hikes Key Lending Rate To 4.40%, First Time In 4 Years Over Surging Inflation: 10

RBI has hiked repo rate by 40 basis points to 4.40 per cent

The RBI on Wednesday raised its key lending rate by 40 basis points to 4.40 per cent with immediate effect. The central bank also hiked the cash reserve ratio by 50 basis points. The decision was taken by the monetary policy committee (MPC) in an off-cycle meeting with the central board held May 2-4.

Let’s have a brief look at the key highlights of RBI Governor’s address in 10 points

  1. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the decision was taken in view of rising inflation, geo-political tensions, high crude oil prices and shortage of commodities globally, which have impacted Indian economy.

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  3. Mr Das said that “MPC judged that the inflation outlook warrants an appropriate and timely response through resolute and calibrated steps to ensure that second-round effects of supply-side shocks on the economy are contained and long-term inflation expectations are kept firmly anchored”.

  4. In his address, the RBI Governor noted that food Inflation is expected to remain high as spillovers from global wheat shortages are impacting domestic wheat prices, even though domestic supplies remain comfortable.

  5. Due to the Russia-Ukraine war, edible oil prices may firm up as major producing countries have imposed export restrictions, he said.

  6. “The decision today to raise repo rate may be seen as reversal of rate action of May 2020. Last month, we had set out a stance of withdrawal of accommodation. Today’s action needs to be seen in line with that action,” Mr Das said.

  7. “I would like to emphasise that the monetary policy action is aimed at containing inflation spike and re-anchoring inflation expectation,” he said, adding that “high inflation is known as detrimental to growth”.

  8. “Most alarmingly, persistent and spreading inflationary pressures are becoming more acute with every passing day,” Mr Das added.

  9. This was the first hike in policy rate since August 2018, which would increase the cost of borrowing for corporates as well as individuals.

  10. The monetary policy committee held an off-cycle meeting on May 2 and 4 to reassess evolving inflation-growth dynamics.

  11. RBI also decided to remain accommodative while focussing on withdrawal of accommodation to ensure inflation remains within target going forward.

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