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RBI Booster Dose: Key Lending Rate Reduced By 35 bps To 5.40%

07 August 2019


Mumbai:  To shore up slackening growth, the Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday reduced key lending rates by 35 basis points to 5.40 per cent. This was the fourth consecutive reduction in monetary policy reviews.

On the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation, the RBI's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) at its meeting today decided to reduce the policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) by 35 basis points (bps) from 5.75 per cent to 5.40 per cent with immediate effect.

Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands revised to 5.15 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 5.65 per cent.

The MPC also decided to maintain the accommodative stance of monetary policy.

These decisions are in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 per cent, while supporting growth.