RBI Hikes Repo Rate to 6.5%
The decision of the six-member rate setting panel was announced by the RBI Governor on Wednesday.
The interest rate on home loans is expected to increase as the Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday announced an increase of repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5 %.
Repo rate is the rate at which the RBI lends money to commercial banks.
Now, banks will have to pay a higher interest to RBI on the loans they take from the central bank. It is expected that the banks will pass the rise to various loans given, including home loans.
For people who have taken loans or who are planning to take, may expect an increase in their EMIs to accommodate the rate hike.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decision was announced by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das.
Rate hike of 25 bps is considered appropriate at this juncture, monetary policy to remain agile, alert to inflation, Das said.
RBI projected retail inflation at 6.5% for 2022-23; 5.3% for next fiscal.
It projected GDP growth at 6.4% for 2023-24.
Amid volatile global developments, Indian economy remains resilient, Das said.
The decision of the six-member rate setting panel was announced by the Governor on Wednesday.
With retail inflation showing signs of moderation and remaining below the RBI’s 6% upper tolerance level, and projected slowdown in GDP growth in the next fiscal starting April, experts were of the opinion that the central bank may only opt for a 25 basis points hike in the key interest rate.
The RBI had raised the key lending rate by 35 basis points in December, after three straight 50 bps hikes, and had said its fight against inflation was not over yet.
RBI Governor Das-headed MPC started its three-day meeting on Monday amid expectations of a smaller 25 basis points rate increase or a pause on the rate hiking spree that started in May last year to check inflation.
Since May last year, the RBI has increased the short-term lending rate by 225 basis points to contain inflation, mostly driven by external factors, especially global supply chain disruption following the Russia-Ukraine war outbreak.
The RBI has been tasked to ensure that retail inflation remains at 4 per cent with a margin of 2 per cent. However, it failed to keep the inflation rate below six per cent for three consecutive quarters beginning January 2022.
However, the retail inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has shown signs of moderation in November and December as it fell below the RBI’s upper tolerance level of 6 per cent.
The MPC consists of three RBI officials and three external members appointed by the central government.
The external members are Shashanka Bhide (Honorary Senior Advisor, National Council of Applied Economic Research, Delhi); Ashima Goyal (Emeritus Professor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai); and Jayanth R Varma (Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad).
Apart from the Governor, the RBI officials on the panel are Rajiv Ranjan (Executive Director) and Michael Debabrata Patra (Deputy Governor).
(With inputs from agencies)
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