RBI Monetary Policy: Central bank lowers GDP growth forecast to 6.9% for FY'20 on investment and demand slowdown

The Reserve Bank on Wednesday marginally lowered the GDP growth projection for 2019-20 to 6.9 percent from 7 percent forecast in the June policy, and underlined the need for addressing growth concerns by boosting aggregate demand

Press Trust of India August 07, 2019 13:16:56 IST
RBI Monetary Policy: Central bank lowers GDP growth forecast to 6.9% for FY'20 on investment and demand slowdown
  • RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the central bank has lowered the GDP growth forecast owing to demand and investment slowdown, which is causing a dampening effect on the growth

  • Das said perhaps at this point of time there is a cyclical slowdown and not a deep structural slowdown

  • The RBI has cut the repo rate by an unusual 0.35 percentage points to 5.40 percent in its third monetary policy review for the current financial year

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank on Wednesday marginally lowered the GDP growth projection for 2019-20 to 6.9 percent from 7 percent forecast in the June policy, and underlined the need for addressing growth concerns by boosting aggregate demand.

The RBI has cut the repo rate by an unusual 0.35 percentage points to 5.40 percent in its third monetary policy review for the current financial year.

Repo rate is the rate at which the RBI lends to banks.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the central bank has lowered the GDP growth forecast owing to demand and investment slowdown, which is causing a dampening effect on the growth.

RBI Monetary Policy Central bank lowers GDP growth forecast to 69 for FY20 on investment and demand slowdown

Representational image. Reuters.

"Real GDP growth for 2019-20 is revised downwards from 7 percent in the June policy to 6.9 percent - in the range of 5.8-6.6 percent for first half of 2019-20 and 7.3-7.5 percent for the second half - with risks somewhat tilted to the downside," RBI said in the monetary policy statement.

Das said perhaps at this point of time there is a cyclical slowdown and not a deep structural slowdown.

"Nevertheless, there is a need for structural reforms. We are still working on it," Das said.

The GDP growth for the first quarter of the next fiscal beginning April 2020 has been projected at 7.4 percent.

The RBI said various high-frequency indicators suggest a weakening of both domestic and external demand conditions.

The Business Expectations Index of the RBI's industrial outlook survey shows muted expansion in demand conditions in the second quarter, although a decline in input costs augurs well for growth, RBI said.

"The impact of monetary policy easing since February 2019 is also expected to support economic activity, going forward. Moreover, base effects will turn favourable in H2:2019-20," it added.

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