After delivering three back-to-back rate cuts, the Reserve Bank on Monday said it expects a quicker transmission of the interest rate cuts by banks to consumers by way of cheaper home, auto and personal loans.
During this year, the RBI reduced the key policy rate thrice with an aggregate reduction of 0.75 percentage point in the repo rate, the rate at which RBI lends to banks.
“In the last MPC meeting (June 6) I had said that by that time 50 basis points of repo rate cut had been announced, and out of this 21 basis points had been transmitted. And one positive thing that is happening now is, earlier it used to take six months for transmission, now the transmission is taking a much shorter period of 2-3 months,” RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said.
“Thereafter we announced 25 basis points cut. So, it’s now entirely 75 basis point cut. We are collecting the data and also you have to keep in mind that right from the month of June, in fact, June 1, the system is more than adequately surplus in liquidity,” he said while addressing media after the customary post-budget meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
He further said overall the system liquidity is hugely in surplus and if individual banks have liquidity issue, the RBI will provide liquidity support to them.
The Budget has announced a 10 per cent backstop for the banks to implement NBFC package as part of a series of steps to give relief to non-banking financial companies facing cash crunch following the collapse of IL&FS last year.
In a bid to address the stress in the sector, the Government in the Budget proposed that public sector banks would purchase high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, amounting to a total of Rs 1 lakh crore during the current financial year.
For this, the Government will provide one time six months’ partial credit guarantee to public sector banks for first loss of up to 10 per cent.