RBI may increase interest rate to check price rise

Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan today hinted that RBI may increase interest rate to check price rise at the second quarter monetary policy review tomorrow, citing urgency to anchor inflationary expectations as reported by Economic rbi-hints-at-hike-in-interest-rate-to-check-price-riseTimes

“With the normalisation of exceptional monetary measures under way, incremental calibration will be shaped by changes in the growth-inflation balance, keeping macroeconomic stability in consideration,” he said in the Macroeconomic and Monetary Developments report on the eve of the policy announcement.

However, the report adds, “Macroeconomic risks still exist with some upward pressure oninflation and the possibility of fiscal slippage, thus posing new challenges.”

Acknowledging that growth has dipped below potential, Rajan said a revival will require “complementary monetary, fiscal and regulatory policies,” apart from increasing fuel prices to contain demand, productivity enhancement and quick project implementation.

The report said “we can expect a modest recovery in growth in the second half on good monsoon, and an uptick in exports and industrial production.”

Rajan, who took over as head of the central bank last month, warned that there is a risk of fiscal slippage due to the widening revenue deficit and high capital expenditure by the government in the first half, which has exhausted over 74.6 per cent of the fiscal deficit target already.

An RBI study of professional forecasters said the average WPI inflation will climb up to 6 per cent from the earlier median expectation of 5.3 per cent, while on the growth front, they reduced the projection for the current fiscal to 4.8 per cent from 5.7 per cent earlier.