May go for rate hike in June: RBI Governor

RBI is set to hike repo rate once again and will release a new inflation forecast in June, informs RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

   
repo rate hike in June

India’s central bank is mulling further rate hikes, said its Governor Shaktikanta Das.

He also said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will not allow the rupee to depreciate and prevent volatility in the currency market.

In an interview with the CNBC TV18 channel, Das also said the RBI will release a new forecast for inflation next month.

He said the repo rate will be increased, but declined to say by what percentage.

Early this month, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) hiked the benchmark rates by 40bps to 4.4 per cent owing to the inflation at six per cent upper range for four months and Das said it was done to avoid a steep hike in June.

He said the measures taken by RBI will have a sobering effect on retail prices.

According to Das, the current account deficit will be comfortably managed this year.

On the cryptocurrency, he said the RBI has been cautioning against it and there are questions on how to regulate it.

He said the cryptocurrency will undermine the financial, monetary and macroeconomic stability of the country. The RBI has conveyed its position to the Central government and the latter is more or less in sync with the former.