Repo rate is now back to pre-pandemic levels, highest since August 2019


The Reserve Bank of India on Friday increased the policy repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.4 per cent, governor Shaktikanta Das announced.

The Reserve Bank of India on Friday increased the policy repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.4 per cent, governor Shaktikanta Das announced. The repo rate is now back to pre-pandemic levels, and the highest since 2019.

In simple words, repo rate is the interest charged by the Reserve Bank of India when commercial banks borrow from them by selling their securities to the central bank.

“Real GDP growth projection for 2022-23 retained at 7.2%, with Q1 at 16.2%,” the governor announced.

This is the third straight repo rate increase in as many months by the country’s central bank. “Indian economy has been grappling with high inflation,” the governor said.

Das, however, added that the country’s financial sector remains well capitalised and the country’s forex reserves provides insurance against ‘global spillovers’. “IMF has revised downwards economic growth projection and expressed risk of recession,” he added.



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