The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept the indicative policy (repo) rate unchanged at 7. 25 % and the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) at 4% in order to suppress the instability in the foreign exchange market.
The RBI had brought down the repo rate from a peak of 8.50% by 125 basis points in 2012-13 and CRR from a high of 6 % in the last one-and-a-half years by 200 basis points.
RBI’s revised Growth Projection:
The RBI revised its growth projection for the current financial year from 5.7 % to 5.5 %. The depressed global conditions were undermining export performance, even as the heightened instability in capital flows had raised external funding risks. In advanced economies, activity has weakened. Emerging and developing economies are slowing, and are also experiencing sell-offs in their financial markets.