Reserve Bank cuts repo rate by 25 bps; CRR unchanged
Posted on: 11:23 AM IST Mar 19, 2013
Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday cut its benchmark policy rate by 25 basis points for the second time since the start of the year in a bid to help revive flagging growth in Asia's third-largest economy, but warned that its scope for further policy easing is limited.
In its mid-quarter policy review, the RBI lowered its policy repo rate to 7.50 per cent and left the cash reserve ratio for banks unchanged, in line with expectations.
India's economy is on track to grow at its slowest in a decade at around 5 per cent in the fiscal year ending March, and is expected to see modest improvement in the following year.
However, a recent uptick in headline wholesale inflation, rising food price-driven consumer inflation and a record-high current account deficit limit the RBI's space for more aggressive monetary easing.
"Even as the policy stance emphasis addressing the growth risks, the headline for further monetary easing remains quite limited," the RBI said in its statement.