RBI Governor says 35 bps rate cut balanced, based on data

Governor Shaktikanta Das termed the steeper 0.35 percent repo rate cut as a "balanced" call given the domestic and global developments.

He explained that a 0.25 percentage points reduction, as it has done thrice this year since February, would have been "inadequate", while a 0.50 percentage points cut would have been "excessive".

The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) for the fourth consecutive times in a 4:2 vote resolved to cut the rates by 0.35 percent, taking the total cuts during 2019 to 1.10 percent to a near record low of 5.40 percent.

Das said the RBI has been pre-emptive in its actions on rates and the policy stance through the year and has also provided adequate liquidity to the system always.

Addressing the media at the customary post-policy presser, Das said there is nothing sacred about multiples of 0.25 percent cuts and also made it clear that the rate call cut has not been taken on "gut feel" but on hard data.

"Too much should not be read into it, it is judgement call which the MPC has taken," he said, adding that it was "prudent" to be accommodative.

The RBI will ensure that there is sufficient liquidity is available for the economy.