RBI keeps interest rate unchanged at 5.15% but reduces GDP forecast

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In terms of accounts, a total of 8,13,34,849 are lying unclaimed in public sector banks, private banks, foreign banks, regional rural banks and other banks. File Photo: PTI

The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday (December 5) kept the key policy rate unchanged at 5.15 per cent and decided to continue with its accommodative stance to support the economy.

The central bank also revised GDP growth downwards to 5 per cent for 2019-20 from 6.1 per cent projected in its October policy.

“The Monetary Policy Committee recognises that there is monetary policy space for future action. However, given the evolving growth-inflation dynamics, the MPC felt it appropriate to take a pause at this juncture,” the RBI said in its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy for this fiscal.

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The panel decided to continue with the accommodative stance as long as it is necessary to revive growth, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target. All the six members of the MPC voted in favour of a rate pause.

The CPI inflation projection is revised upwards to 5.1-4.7 per cent for H2 FY20 and 4-3.8 per cent for H1 FY21. Between February and October 2019, the RBI has reduced repo rate by 135 basis points.

Immediately after the move, the Indian rupee fells 8 paise to 71.61 against the US dollar in mid-session trade.

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