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SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar says will reduce interest rates once marginal cost of funds comes down

  • The Reserve Bank had last week cut the repo rate by 0.25 percent

  • SBI announced only a 0.05 percent reduction in interest rate on home loans of up to Rs 30 lakh

  • If our marginal cost of funding comes down, then that benefit we will pass on to borrowers, Rajnish Kumar said

New Delhi: SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar on Thursday said the bank has already cut the interest rate and will reduce it further with a decline in the marginal cost of funding.

The Reserve Bank had last week cut the repo rate by 0.25 percent, but the country's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) announced only a 0.05 percent reduction in interest rate on home loans of up to Rs 30 lakh.

"Whatever cushion we had, we have already reduced our rates. If our marginal cost of funding comes down, then that benefit we will pass on to borrowers," Kumar told reporters.

 SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar says will reduce interest rates once marginal cost of funds comes down

File photo of SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar. News18

Earlier, speaking at a CREDAI conference here, Kumar made a case for developing the corporate bond market to help fund projects with long gestation period and reduce the burden on banks for funding infrastructure projects.

"In India, still banks play a prominent role... Bond market is still not developed and since the bond market is not developed the dependence on banks for the capital is huge. So we need to do more to develop bond market," Kumar said.

He said the dependence on banks for funding projects will continue for a few more years till the time an alternative mechanism is developed, particularly for projects where the gestation period is long.

Financing long term projects put a new responsibility on the banks who have traditionally been working capital lenders, he said.

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Updated Date: Feb 14, 2019 18:51:49 IST