RBI Governor allays fears on deflation

However, food articles were costlier by 8.7 per cent for the week ended June 6

RBI Governor allays fears on deflation

“India does not suffer from any demand constraints, therefore there is no concern of deflation,” Subbarao told reporters here.

Although wholesale price index is negative, there are certain parts of the index, like food articles, where inflation is significant, he said. At the same time, oil prices are firming up, he said, adding there is talk that world food production will be lower than the trend.

“We will take into account all these developing trends in the July review,” he said.

According to the RBI annual monetary policy, inflation is projected at four per cent at the end of March 2010.

The annual rate of inflation, calculated on a point-to-point basis, stood at minus 1.61 per cent for the week ended June 6 as compared to 0.13 per cent in the previous week and 11.66 per cent during the corresponding week of previous year.

However, food articles were costlier by 8.7 per cent from the comparable week last year as pulses moved up 17 per cent, cereals 13.5 per cent, and fruit and vegetables 10 per cent. The decline in inflation was on account of a fall in fuel prices as international crude oil is now ruling around $70 a barrel against over $140 a barrel during the year-ago period.

On the growth, Subbarao said there is need to get back to the high growth trajectory.

“I think the stimulus measure of both of the government and the RBI have worked their way through,” he said.

There is demand revival in cement, steel, coal and auto sector, he said, adding, India does not suffer from demand constraints. He also said the Reserve Bank will be looking at reversing the expansionary policy at an appropriate time.

“I do not want to say we are going to do it right now or in the near future but certainly that is part of the agenda,” he said.

The RBI Governor also clarified that “we will manage the government borrowing programme in an non-disruptive manner”.

He, however, refrained to give the way it will manage the government borrowing programme.

As per the interim budget estimate, unveiled in February this year, the government is set to borrow Rs 3,60,000 crore during the current fiscal.

To review inflation target

With the wholesale price index falling below zero per cent, RBI on Saturday said that the inflation target may be reviewed in the forthcoming credit policy in July.

Indicating this, RBI Governor D Subbarao also voiced concern over firming up of oil and primary article prices.

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