RBI needs to be more synchronised to curb inflation, says Nirmala Sitharaman

RBI needs to be more synchronised to curb inflation, says Nirmala Sitharaman

The Reserve Bank needs to have be more synchronised with the fiscal policy and other factors in its bid to curb racing inflation, feels Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Inflation management cannot be singularly left to the monetary policy, which has proved totally ineffective in many countries, Sitharaman said at a seminar organised by economic think-tank Icrier on Thursday.

“The RBI will have to synchronise somewhat, may be not as much synchronised as other western developed countries would do. I’m not prescribing anything to the Reserve Bank… I’m not giving any forward direction to the RBI but it is the truth that India’s solution to handling the economy, part of which is handling inflation also is an exercise where the fiscal policy, together with the monetary policy has to work,” she said.

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The minister noted that in certain countries, policy is designed in such a way that the monetary policy and the interest rate management is the one and the only tool to handle inflation

“I would say India’s inflation management, the word taming inflation or the word keeping it within the tolerance limit is an exercise of so many different activities and majority of which is outside of the monetary policy given in today’s circumstances,” she said.

There could have been a time when people would have thought this is sacrilegious for the finance minister of a country to say so, she said.

(With agencies inputs)

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