50 BPS point cut in Repo Rate would have given boost to flagging industrial economy, says FICCI

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec.7 (ANI): The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Wednesday expressed its disappointment over the Reserve Bank of India's decision not to make a change in the Repo Rate. In a statement issued here shortly after the RBI's announcement, FICCI said, "RBI's stance in the monetary policy announced today belied the wide expectation of a rate cut. At this juncture a 50 bps point cut in the repo rate would have provided the needed boost to the flagging industrial economy." "The consumption demand has been impacted post demonetisation and a rate cut would have given a strong signal to the consumers and to the industry as well," said Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, President, FICCI. "The next couple of quarters are crucial and will have to be monitored closely. The investment activity remains lackadaisical, which was reaffirmed in the GDP data released last week. The RBI has also revised downwards the GVA growth estimate to 7.1 percent from 7.6 percent for the current fiscal year," Neotia added. "Amidst a highly uncertain global environment, the impetus for growth will have to come from the domestic economy. While noting the concerns outlined by RBI on the inflationary trends in the economy, it is important to also highlight the close equation between jobs and growth. We hope that the necessary support for sustaining demand and investments will be looked into by the authorities," Neotia said further. (ANI)