Subbarao refuses to give timeframe for liquidity curb rollback

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 01 August 2013, 04:47 PM

The Reserve Bank on Thursday did not give any time-frame for roll-back of liquidity tightening measures and said that they would remain in force till stability is achieved in the foreign exchange market. 

"Reserve Bank is as anxious as everyone to roll back the cash tightening steps sooner than later. However, the measures taken will be in place until volatility in the foreign exchange market is controlled. I do not want to give any time frame in that," RBI Governor D Subbarao said while delivering the 5th R Venkataraman Endowment Lecture. 

In order to contain Current Account Deficit (CAD) and arrest value of declining rupee, the RBI last month had raised the cost of borrowing for banks and reduced availability of funds to curb speculation in the forex market. RBI did not roll back these measures in its first quarter monetary policy which was unveiled earlier in the week. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram had said that the measures announced by the RBI were not indicative of firming up of interest rates in the long-term and would be withdrawn once stability was achieved in the forex market. 

Responding to general criticism that RBI ha not been paying enough attention to growth, Subbarao said inflation cannot be tamed without some sacrifice on the growth front. 

"Some sacrifices in growth is inevitable when you are trying to bring down inflation. But that sacrifice of growth is only in the short term...It is somewhere incorrect to see it as the tension between growth and inflation as hundreds of millions of people are hurt by inflation," he added.

First Published: Thursday, August 01, 2013 04:46 PM
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