Financial system recovering, however have to maintain momentum: RBI Governor

Mumbai, November 26

After the 23.9 per cent GDP contraction in the April-June quarter following the Covid pandemic, economic recovery momentum has been stronger than expected, Shaktikanta Das, Governor , Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Thursday.

Das, however, said that we need to be watchful of the demand momentum sustaining after the festivities as well, and also warned of downside risks to growth coming from a rise in virus infections in select pockets.

The heavy contraction in Q1 was attributed to the near-complete chilling of all economic activity in the wake of one of the strongest lockdowns enforced anywhere in the world. The RBI, which has introduced many unconventional measures to aid recovery apart from cutting key rates by 1.15 per cent, expects the economy to shrink by 9.5 per cent in FY21.

Normalcy setting in

After witnessing 23.9% contraction in Q1, the Indian economy has exhibited stronger than expected pick-up in momentum of recovery. —Shaktikanta Das, RBI Governor

“After witnessing a sharp contraction in the economy by 23.9 per cent in Q1 and a multi-speed normalisation of activity in Q2, the Indian economy has exhibited stronger than expected pick-up in momentum of recovery,” Das said, speaking at the annual day event of Foreign Exchange Dealers’ Association of India (FEDAI).

Analysts at Icra, a rating agency, had earlier this week raised doubts over the sustainability of demand and attributed the spurt to pent-up requirements following the lockdowns and also the festivities.

In what can assuage some concerns following the inflation over-shooting the upper end of the RBI’s target band for many months, Das reiterated the rate-setting panel’s resolve to “see through temporary pressures” on price rise.

“The monetary policy guidance in October emphasised the need to see through temporary inflation pressures and also maintain the accommodative stance at least during the current financial year and into the next financial year,” he said. — PTI

Ensure smooth transition from LIBOR: Das

Mumbai: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has exhorted the stakeholders to put in efforts for ensuring a smooth transition from LIBOR or the London Interbank Offered Rate to other borrowing benchmarks. He said the Indian Banks Association has been working with market participants for that. PTI

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