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RBI cuts interest rates for the third time this year, to boost growth
Housing.com  |  June 7, 2019

PTI

Amid concerns over a slowing economy, the Reserve Bank of India has cut interest rates for the third time this year, lowering the repo rate by 0.25%, to 5.75%

 

Slashing the benchmark lending rates for the third time this year, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut its repo rate by 0.25% on June 6, 2019 and said its future monetary policy stance will be more accommodative. The repo rate, at which the central bank lends to the system, will come down to 5.75% after the cut.

 

Amid concerns of a slowdown in the economy, the central bank lowered its gross domestic product (GDP) forecast to 7% for the current fiscal from 7.2% projected earlier. While marginally increasing its inflation projection to 3%-3.1% for the first half of the fiscal year 2019-20, which is within the comfort range of 2%-6% set by the government, the RBI cut the GDP growth targets sharply to 7% for FY20, on the back of a weak global scenario and dip in private consumption.

 

“The MPC (monetary policy committee) notes that growth impulses have weakened significantly. A sharp slowdown in investment activity, along with a continuing moderation in private consumption growth, is a matter of concern,” read the policy resolution.