Monetary Policy Statement, 2020-21 -Released by RBI
- On the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at its meeting today (May 22, 2020) decided to-
- Reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 40 bps to 4.0 per cent from 4.40 per cent with immediate effect;
- Accordingly, the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate stand reduced to 4.25 per cent from 4.65 per cent; and
- The reverse repo rate under the LAF stands reduced to 3.35 per cent from 3.75 per cent.
- The MPC also decided to continue with the accommodative stance as long as it is necessary to revive growth and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target.
- These decisions are in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 per cent, while supporting growth.
- RBI Governor said it is in growth outlook that the MPC judged the risks to be gravest.
- GDP growth in FY21 estimated to remain in negative territory, with some pick-up in H2.
- Top 6 industrialised states accounting for about 60 pc of industrial output largely in red/orange zones
- High frequency indicators point to collapse in demand beginning in March.
- MPC opined macroeconomic impact of COVID-19 is turning out to be more severe than initially anticipated
- Various sectors of economy are experiencing acute stress.
- Economic activity other than agriculture likely to remain depressed in Q1 due to lockdown * Inflation outlook highly uncertain.
- Moratorium on term loan instalments extended by another 3 months till Aug 31, 2020.
- Lending institutions permitted to allow deferment of interest on working capital facilities till Aug 31.
- RBI decides to extend time for completion of remittances against imports from 6 months to 12 months for imports made before July 31.
- RBI extends a line of credit of Rs 15,000 crore to the EXIM Bank.
- Maximum permissible period of export credit increased to 15 months from 12 months.
- RBI announces measures to improve functioning of markets and market participants.
- Forex reserves increase by USD 9.2 bn in 2020-21 (up to May 15) to USD 487 bn.
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