New Delhi: Within hours of Reserve Bank reducing the key policy rates, IDBI Bank today slashed its lending and deposit rate by 0.25 percent.
"The new base rate or minimum lending rate (at 10.25 percent) will be effective from February 1," the bank said in a release. The base rate is the minimum lending rate below which banks cannot offer any loan to customers.
IDBI Bank was the first one to cut lending rates following the announcement of the RBI to reduce short-term lending rate by 0.25 percent and deciding to slash Cash Reserve Bank (CRR) by same margin to inject Rs 18,000 crore of liquidity into the system.
Mumbai-based IDBI Bank has reduced the benchmark prime lending rate (BPLR) and fixed deposit rates on select maturities by 0.25 percent. "IDBI Bank has taken this proactive step keeping in view the policy measures announced by the RBI in its third quarter review of monetary policy today," it said.
The reduction in interest rate is expected to positively impact loan growth both in retail and corporate segments. Various other banks including the market leader State Bank of India (SBI) said that they would take a call on reducing interest rates in coming days.
National Housing Bank (NHB) has earlier announced cut in lending rates by 0.25 percent benefiting the home loan borrowers.Meanwhile, foreign lender the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) also reduced base rate by 0.75 percent to 9 percent. The base rate is the benchmark to which all loan rates are linked, RBS said in a statement.
"Today's move by the RBI to cut repo and CRR by 25 basis points is in sync with our expectations. In line with the potential deflationary environment, RBS has decided to cut its base lending rate," it said.