Sanjeev Sanyal pitches for more rate cuts from RBI to boost growth
Principal Economic Adviser Sanjeev Sanyal on Tuesday indirectly pitched for further rate cuts from RBI to support the growth where he said there is far more space on the monetary side than the fiscal front for lifting economic growth.
Principal Economic Adviser Sanjeev Sanyal on Tuesday indirectly pitched for further rate cuts from RBI to support the growth where he said there is far more space on the monetary side than the fiscal front for lifting economic growth. Lending a helping hand to slow demand, consumption and investment, RBI has slashed benchmark interest rate four times consecutively since January 2019. The central bank reduced the repo (short-term lending) rate by 1.10 percentage points during the year. The current repo rate stands at 5.4 per cent with the latest 35 bps cut.
The next monetary policy review is scheduled to be held between October 1 and October 4. Recently the Finance Minister announced a slew of fiscal measures -- for real estate and exports, before that she announced rollback of the enhanced surcharge imposed on foreign portfolio and domestic investors in Budget 2019-20. In between she announced a set of PSU bank mergers.
Sanyal said there is high cost of borrowing in Indian economy and with low inflation it is also not tenable. "The government borrows at 6.5 per cent but there are large parts of the economy that are borrowing at 11.5 per cent and 12.5 per cent. So, in a country where you have 3 per cent inflation, 900 basis points real interest rates are clearly not tenable," he said.
The Principal Economic Advisor said there are more announcements likely to boost growth and demand. He said the government has taken several measures to boost and the Finance Minister may speak again in a few days to clarify on the some of the announcements made.
"There is a whole bunch of things that that the Finance Minister just announced. There will be more. Of course, there is a Budget in few months from now where bigger and more clear vision for next few years will be unveiled," he said.