The Reserve Bank of India on Friday cut its benchmark interest rates for the fifth time this year to boost economic growth. The RBI today cut repo rate by 25 basis points to 5.15%, which takes its cumulative cuts so far this year to 135 bps. The RBI also cut its GDP growth estimates to 6.1%, from earlier estimate of 6.9%.
RBI’s six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has announced the fourth bi-monthly policy for 2019-20, after a three-day meeting. This was the fifth consecutive rate cut effected by the Shaktikanta Das-led panel, and it was in addition to a cumulative 110 basis points rate cut that RBI has announced so far this year. The repo rate now stands at 5.15 per cent, the lowest since March 2010.