During the Reserve Bank of India's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on August 5, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announced the hike in repo rate by 50 bps to 5.40% with immediate effect.
The Governor said that inflation is expected to remain above the central bank's 6% threshold in the second and third quarters of this fiscal year, for which the MPC stressed that sustained high inflation could destabilise inflation expectations and harm growth in the medium term.
Volatility in global financial markets is impinging upon domestic financial markets leading to imported inflation, according to the RBI governor.
Consumer price inflation has eased from its surge in April but remains uncomfortably high and above upper threshold of target, the Governor added.
"MPC decided to focus on withdrawal of accommodation to keep inflation within target while supporting growth," said, RBI Governor
Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) and bank rates have been revised at 5.65%. SDF rate was adjusted to 5.15%, according to the Governor.Inflation forecast
Yields on India's 10-year bonds rose 7 basis points to 7.23% after RBI's Monetary Policy Committee raised the repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.4%, the Governor added.
The RBI, in its release, said, "Overall system liquidity continues in surplus, with average daily absorption under the LAF at ₹3.8 lakh crore during June-July. Money supply (M3) and bank credit from commercial banks rose (y-o-y) by 7.9 per cent and 14.0 per cent, respectively, as on July 15, 2022. India’s foreign exchange reserves were placed at US$ 573.9 billion as on July 29, 2022."
"FDI inflows also improved to USD 13.6 billion in Q1 this fiscal, against USD 11.6 billion in the corresponding period last year," said, Das.RBI Governor in his address, also proposed to enable Bharat Bill Payment System to accept cross-border inward bill payments. This will enable NRIs to undertake bill payments for utilities, education and other suh payments on behalf of their families in India. This will benefit the senior citizens in particular.