Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das today made it clear that the decision to hold rates should be seen as a pause, and not as a pivot.
The rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will act on the rates as and when necessary, Shaktikanta Das said.
“If I have to characterise today’s monetary policy in just one line…it’s a pause, not a pivot,” Shaktikanta Das told reporters in the customary interaction with reporters after the announcement of the policy review.
Earlier in the day, the six-member MPC voted unanimously to keep the repurchase or repo rate unchanged at 6.50 per cent, surprising analysts who were expecting the central bank to make a final 25 basis points hike before opting to pause.
Shaktikanta Das said RBI is keen to assess the cumulative impact of the rate actions done till now. There has been a cumulative hike of 250 basis points since May 2022.
Deputy Governor Michael Patra said RBI has marginally upped its FY24 growth estimate to 6.5 per cent primarily on assumption of a decline in the average oil price to $85 per barrel as against $90 per barrel earlier.
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