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RBI's status quo on expected lines, need to improve credit flow: India Inc

Press Trust of India/New Delhi 05 Dec 18 | 06:05 PM

FILE PHOTO: A security personnel member stands guard at the entrance of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) headquarters in Mumbai | Photo: Reuters

India Inc on Wednesday said the RBI's decision to maintain status quo in its monetary policy was on expected lines in view of headwinds and sought more measures by the central bank to improve the credit flow to the economy.

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"There is an urgent need to improve the credit flow to the real economy. GDP growth is already showing signs of slowing down. With crude oil prices down, we need to take further measures for the revival of animal spirits in the economy and give more momentum to it," Ficci President Rashesh Shah said.

Industry body Assocham said the RBI's decision to keep the key policy rate unchanged is on expected lines in the backdrop of rupee appreciation, softening of oil prices and benign food inflation.

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The Reserve Bank expectedly kept interest rates unchanged but held out a promise to cut them if the upside risks to the inflation do not materialise. It also coaxed banks to lend more in order to support the slowing economy.

With all the six members of the monetary policy committee (MPC) voting for a hold on rates, the RBI kept benchmark repurchase (repo) rate at 6.5 per cent.

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EEPC India Chairman Ravi Sehgal said that while the RBI amply details risks in the global trade scenario and slowdown outlook in the US and EU, the two top markets for Indian exports, its credit policy review provides no relief to exporters who are faced with increased headwinds.

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