26 February, 2021

No Laughing On Bank Street: In Flexing For More Autonomy, RBI Runs Into Govt’s Plans

Though it is not the first time the RBI and the finance ministry have engaged in or given rise to public discourse, the feud has never been so bitter.

An Unfine Balance
RBI governor Urjit Patel with FM Arun Jaitley
No Laughing On Bank Street: In Flexing For More Autonomy, RBI Runs Into Govt’s Plans
outlookindia.com
2018-11-15T12:15:41+05:30

With two deputy governors of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) taking on the government in a span of less than a week over the need for gre­ater autonomy, some iss­ues of discord between the central bank and the finance ministry have come to the fore. Though it is not the first time the two institutions have engaged in or given rise to public discourse, the feud has never been so bitter.

The writing on the wall suggests a hardening of stance by the RBI, and the unwillingness of its governor Urjit Patel and his team to take the blame for all the ills in the banking system. The finance ministry, however, appears to be bent on discrediting the central bank’s stance on various issues. There are several fronts on which the RBI and the finance ministry have taken opposing stances, including not just interest rates, but also the burgeoning non-performing assets (NPAs), with the finance ministry laying the blame on the previous UPA government and, to some extent, the central bank, for allegedly failing in proper regulatory sup­ervision. Another issue is the use of RBI...

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