RBI to continue accommodative monetary policy: Chawla

“It was a good long meeting with the Governor. He met the Finance Minister. He reviewed the situation. Rest, wait for the policy,” Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla told reporters.
Asked whether he would stick to his statement given a few days back that he expects RBI to maintain its accommodative monetary policy stance, Chawla said, “Yes, of course.”
Subbarao after the meeting with Mukherjee said he reviewed the “macro-economic situation” with the finance minister but refused to answer any query on inflation and economic recovery.

“I am not prepared to answer any questions now because our quarterly policy review is just four days away. It is neither possible nor advisable for me to speak anything on the policy,” the RBI governor said.

The RBI is widely expected to maintain a status quo on policy rates, despite inflationary pressures. However, Moody’s Economy.com expects the central bank to hike Cash Reserve Ratio, the amount that banks keep with RBI, by 50 basis points.

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