RBI: With inflation staying high, central banks throughout the globe, including that of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), are expected to kill excessive liquidity in the market over the next 6 to 8 months, according to informed sources. They also hinted at a rate increase in June, when the existing fiscal year’s inflationary outlook will be revised upward.
According to the experts, the RBI may take more actions to assist public debt, such as lifting the ceiling on held-to-maturity (HTM) securities, but it is unlikely to disclose any additional monetary stimulus GSAP (Government Securities Acquisition Program) initiatives.
According to the sources, the RBI would “definitely” revise the inflationary projection in June, despite not wanting to do so during the off-cycle emergency session earlier this month. The officials did not say how much the inflationary estimate would’ve been raised, but they did say that the RBI’s current understanding was behind the IMF’s estimate of 6.1 per cent for India.
The RBI boosted its ‘s report for the current financial year to 5.7 %, up 120 basis points from its February estimate, while lowering its growth forecast for FY23 to 7.2 per cent from 7.8 per cent. The Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) next network is scheduled for June 6-8.
Letter Of Explanation To The Government
The RBI, not really the MPC, would have to submit a publicly disclosed statement to the parliament if headline inflation persists above 6%. According to the experts, the RBI will cite causes including the Russia-Ukraine conflict and supply interruptions if this occurs.
Secondly, the RBI would have to inform the government of its inflation-fighting plan. According to the reports, the RBI will suggest it will employ a sledgehammer.
Finally, the RBI would have to specify a date by which inflation will be lowered below 6%. According to experts, the RBI will use more sledgehammer if it specifies a timeframe of, say, six months.
Foreign Exchange Reserves
Exchange rates, which have dropped below $600 billion for the very first time per year, raising concerns, are expected to rise again sometime, according to trustworthy sources. They claimed that the fall in FX reserves was due to revaluation losses rather than the RBI intervening in the market to ensure the rupee.
For the week ending April 29, forex reserves declined by $2.695 billion to $597.728 billion. This would be the eighth week in a row that currency reserves fell. The reserves last went beneath $600 billion this week ending May 28, 2021.