The first meeting of the Indian central bank monetary policy committee released on Tuesday, in which it is showed that broad concerns over economic growth and relief from the pullback in inflation, spurred the bank’s recent rate deduction decision.
The 2-day meeting of monetary policy committee took place on October 3-4,2016 saw all six MPC members voting for a quarter point rate deduction to 6.25 percent also revealed all members expecting inflation to be in line with Reserve Bank of India’s March-end target of 5 percent.
India’s consumer price index inflation cooled to a 13-month low in September to 4.31 percent, on the back of a moderation in food prices. The pullback in inflation has raised hopes of another rate cut in the next policy review in December.
The Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee has three members from the central bank and three external members appointed by the government with the governor having a tie-break vote. This was the first time the rate decision was taken by the MPC, as against past instances where the governor of the central bank was the sole arbiter.