Alongside Nirmala Sitharaman, the RBI governor on Saturday addressing the Central bank earlier on Saturday said the transmission of cut in key policy rate is improving fast. And so, it has got better by 69 basis points. 1 basis point is one-hundredth of a percentage point. Also, the governor points that credit growth is all set to pick up.
Meanwhile, Sitharaman said that she is closely watching the credit distributed to the agri sector.
In view of the escalating inflation rate which in December breached RBI's comfort target of +/-4%, reaching over 4%, the MPC members unanimously voted for repo rate pause. Nonetheless, there have been various measures tPePhat were taken to boost ailing economy which has retreated to 11-year's low, such that implicit rate cut could be brought about. Among the measures taken were provision allowed for real estate project loans where in a case the default or delay is not due to the promoter, the asset shall not be declared NPA. Also, banks had been allowed few incentivized for extending loans to sectors including housing, vehicle and MSME.
Largely when there is a cut in key policy rate that banks transfer lower cost of funds for them to end borrowers as low interest bearing loans. But this time consumers or borrowers can expect lower rates on loan due to steady improvement in monetary transmission rates.
On escalating inflation, the RBI governor said that inflation levels have in line with the earlier projections made and for the January month retail inflation useful for RBI to decide on rates in the economy came in further higher at 7.59%, while WPI stood at 3.1%.