27 September, 2020

A Sharing Of Instruments

RBI’s new brief to curb inflation comes with a cut in its independence

Jitender Gupta
A Sharing Of Instruments

Like many other things, the Reserve Bank of India has come late to the party. And it has celebrated with a rate cut. Announced on Wednesday morning, outside its usual, scheduled policy review cycle, the RBI cut the benchmark rate by 25 basis points. This is questionable.

What’s curious is the timing: it seems to indicate that the RBI is returning a favour to the government for having signed the monetary policy framework agreement. Signed between the RBI and the Union finance ministry on February 20, it enjoins the RBI to bring inflation—as measured by consumer price index (CPI)—below 6 per cent by January 2016, and thereafter strive to keep it at 4 per cent (with an error margin of plus/minus 2 per cent). Any deviation will be considered a failing, requiring an explana­tion.

The monetary policy framework with a single nominal anchor was recommended by an RBI-constituted expert committee and chaired by RBI deputy governor Urjit Patel. The choice of CPI (combined) as nominal anchor is also in keeping with similar recommendations made by earlier...



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