RBI cuts repo rate by 25 bps, CRR remains unchanged

New Delhi, April 5 (ANI): Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan today initiated a cut in policy repo rate by 25 basis points to bring it down to 6.50 percent at the first bi-monthly monetary policy meeting of this fiscal year.

The RBI Governor, however, left the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) and the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) unchanged.

The decision comes nearly a month after the government presented the Union Budget for 2016-17, sticking to its fiscal consolidation targets and unveiled what the analysts termed was a marked improvement in the quality of its spending.

The Sensex declined 214.04 points to 25185.61 and the Nifty slipped 42.35 points to 7716.45 soon after the announcement.

The RBI has outlined it is aiming to bring consumer inflation down to five percent by March 2017. The most recent print, in February, stood at 5.18 percent. (ANI)

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