Shaktikanta Das further said surplus liquidity in the banking system has increased substantially as result of central bank’s actions.
The Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday said the central bank will ensure adequate liquidity in the system to ease the financial stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The central bank reduced the reverse repo rate the rate at which banks park their fund with the central bank by 25 basis points to 3.75%.
This will encourage banks to lend to the productive sectors of the economy.
With regard to other measures, Mr. Das said RBI will begin with giving an additional 50,000 crore through targeted long-term repo operation (TLTRO) to be undertaken in tranches.
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Besides, he announced a re-financing window of 50,000 crore for financial institutions like NABARD, National Housing Bank and SIDBI.
He further said surplus liquidity in the banking system has increased substantially as result of central banks actions.
Stating that the RBI is monitoring the situation developing out of COVID-19 outbreak, he noted that the contraction in exports in March at 34.6% was much more severe than global financial crisis of 2008-09.