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Last Updated : May 26, 2015 10:34 AM IST | Source: PTI

IBA wants govt to lower rates on small savings scheme

The Indian Banks Association (IBA) said it has urged the Finance Ministry to bring down interest rates on small savings schemes such as the Sukanya Samridhi and National Savings Scheme.


The Indian Banks Association (IBA) said it has urged the Finance Ministry to bring down interest rates on small savings schemes such as the Sukanya Samridhi and National Savings Scheme.


"We met the Finance Ministry recently and requested that the rate of interest on government's small saving schemes such as the Sukanya Samriddhi or NSC are at a level from where it should be brought down," IBA chairman T M Bhasin told reporters here.


He said even the Shyamala Gopinath committee report had recommended that interest rate on these government schemes should be at the secondary market yield of government securities plus 25 basis points.

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The rates offered in the various small savings schemes are in the range of 9-9.10 percent currently. "Since we have to compete with those schemes in smaller areas, we have requested that there should be some re-calibration of rates so that when banks reduce their rates of interest, there should not be any suffering from diversion of funds from the banking system to other avenues," he said.


Talking on the forthcoming monetary policy review on June 2, Bhasin said he expects some easing in the repo rate and also said the bankers have sought a cut in cash reserve ratio.


"I think with inflation easing there is a possibility that there may be some recalibration of rate. As far as bankers are concerned, the preferable mode is more on passing on the CRR cut which gives us some leeway in reducing the rate of interest on advances because we have surplus liquidity available with us in the system as credit offtake is not there," Bhasin said.


He said since the liquidity condition in the banking sector is comfortable, bankers are not borrowing from the repo window.


"We have always requested RBI that there be some cut in the CRR so that the cost of funds also comes down. We expect 50 basis points cut in CRR," Bhasin said. He said a 50 basis points cut in the CRR will release around Rs 40,000 crore in the banking system



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First Published on May 26, 2015 10:34 am
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