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Highlights of RBI's monetary policy

business Updated: Jul 26, 2011 12:20 IST

Following are the highlights of monetary policy update conducted by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D Subbarao that saw key rates hiked by a steep 50 basis points on Tuesday:

* Repurchase rate, or short-term lending rate, hiked to 8% from 7.5%

* Reverse repurchase rate, or short-term borrowing rate, hiked to 7% from 6.5%

* Cash reserve ratio retained at 6%

* Statutory liquidity ration retained at 24%

* Bank rate untouched at 6%

* Inflation expected to remain elevated for few more months

* Moderation in inflation seen toward latter part of year

* Projection on annual inflation for year-end at 7%, against 9.4% now

* Projection on growth left unchanged at 8% for current fiscal

* Intention to maintain interest rate environment that moderates inflation

* Policy also tuned to manage risk of falling growth

* Measures to manage liquidity without undue stress on financial system

* Outlook for global crude oil prices uncertain in the near future

* High global commodity prices may also exert pressure on domestic inflation

* High global crude prices, domestic fuel subsidies will impact inflation

* This year's monsoon may impact yields of grains, pulses, oilseeds and cotton

* Inadequate supplies may keep prices of eggs, meat, fish, milk and pulses high

* Government's fiscal deficit target of 4.6% now a major challenge

* Real estate markets have remained firm

* Next mid-quarter review of monetary policy Sep 16

* Second quarter review of monetary policy Oct 25