Highlights of RBI monetary policy announcements

Following are the highlights of the RBI monetary policy announced by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday:

►           Interest rates left unchanged for 4th time in a row;

►           Short-term lending rate (repo) stands at 4 pc;

►           RBI decides to continue with accommodative stance as long as necessary;

►           RBI Guv says Indian economy is poised to move in only one direction and that is upwards;

►           RBI projects GDP growth at 10.5 pc for 2021-22;

►           RBI revises retail inflation outlook; 5.2 pc for Q4:2020-21, 5 pc in H1:2021-22 & 4.3 pc for Q3:2021-22;

►           Guv Das says Union Budget has provided strong impetus for revival of sectors like health, infrastructure;

►           RBI to restore CRR to 4 pc in two phases beginning March 2021;

►           RBI proposes to provide funds from banks under TLTRO on Tap scheme to NBFCs for incremental lending;

►           RBI announces new scheme to incentivise new credit flow to MSME;

►            RBI to set up panel to provide a medium term road map for strengthening of Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks;

►           Retail investors to get direct access to government securities market; with this India will join select countries providing such facility;

►           Round-the-clock helpline for digital payment services to be set-up for grievance redressal;

►           RBI will integrate all Ombudsman schemes & introduce centralised processing of grievances;

►           Next meeting of the RBI Guv headed rate-setting panel MPC to take place during April 5 to 7.