The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) kept key interest rates unchanged and retained the accommodative stance in its first policy meeting after Union Budget 2022. This is the tenth time in a row that the MPC headed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has maintained the status quo.
The MPC has kept both the repo rate and reverse repo rate unchanged at 4 percent and 3.35 percent respectively. Also, the panel continued with the so-called ‘accommodative’ stance in the backdrop of elevated level of inflation.
The MPC voted unanimously for keeping interest rate unchanged and decided to continue with its accommodative stance as long as necessary to support growth and keep inflation within the target.
The RBI projected GDP growth for FY23 at 7.8 percent. The central bank retained the growth projection for current financial year at 9.2 percent.
CPI inflation forecast for FY22 has been retained at 5.3 percent. It expected to moderate closer to 4.00 percent target in second half of FY23 and provide room for monetary policy to remain accommodative.
Retail inflation rose to a five-month high of 5.59 percent in December from 4.91 percent in November, mainly due to an uptick in food prices. MPC has been given the mandate to maintain annual inflation at 4 percent until March 31, 2026, with an upper tolerance of 6 percent and a lower tolerance of 2 percent.
Rupee has shown resilience in the face of global spillovers. Current account deficit (CAD) seen below 2 percent of FY22 GDP.RBI is committed to smooth conduct of the government borrowing program
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