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RBI says GDP growth to remain negative in 2020-21, cuts repo rate by 40 bps

The RBI Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously for a reduction in the policy repo rate

 

New Delhi RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das is addressing the media days after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled details of the Rs 20 lakh crore economic package.

Governor Das said that India’s gross domestic product (GDP) will see contraction and may well be in negative territory in FY21.

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), cut policy repo rate by 40 basis points to 4.0%. The RBI Monetary Policy Committee voted unanimously for a reduction in the policy repo rate, while voted 5:1 in favor of the quantum of the cut, Shaktikanta Das said.

Consequently, the reverse repo rate now stands reduced to 3.35%, while the MSF rate is down to 4.25%.

MPC is of the view that headline inflation in the first half of 2020 will stay intact but by Q3 and Q4 it may fall below the target of 4 percent.

RBI Governor says India seeing a collapse of demand; electricity, dip in petroleum product consumption; fall in private consumption.

Agriculture and allied activities have given a beacon of hope for the country, said the RBI Governor. A ray of hope is also brought in from the normal south-west monsoons this year, added Shaktikanta Das.

Shaktikanta Das is laying out the economic conditions prevailing in India amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The biggest blow from COVID-19 came from private consumption slump with consumer durables production falling 33 percent in March 2020, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das.

There is a collapse in demand in both urban and rural demand since March 2020, says Shaktikanta Das. This, he said, has taken a toll on fiscal revenues.

The RBI had on March 27 slashed the benchmark interest rate by a massive 75 basis points and also announced a three-month moratorium to be given by banks to provide relief to borrowers whose income has been hit due to the lockdown.

Earlier this month, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das held a meeting with heads of both public and private sector banks to take stock of the economic situation and review the implementation of various measures announced by the central bank.