State Bank of India rules out rate cut in near future

  • PTI, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 04, 2015 13:46 IST

State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday ruled out any interest rate cut for its borrowers, even as the RBI chided banks for not having passed the full benefits of the last three reduction in its policy rate.

SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said any rate cut by the bank would depend on a lot many factors including credit growth and she does not see any room for any cut in the near future.

This came soon after the Reserve Bank kept its policy rates unchanged, with governor Raghuram Rajan saying that the headline inflation is at elevated levels and banks are yet to pass on the full benefits of previous rate cuts.

RBI has cut the rates thrice so far in 2015 by 25 basis points each.

Rajan, who has used strong words against banks for holding on to rates in the April and June, on Tuesday said banks have only cut 0.30% at the median level as against the RBI's cut of 0.75% this year.

Commenting on this, Bhattacharya defended SBI's position and said that the bank had raised the rates by 30 basis points only when RBI had hiked the policy rate by 75 basis points, and the reduction in the bank's rate has also been 30 basis points when the central bank has cut the policy rate by 75 basis points.

She, however, added that RBI's action has been on expected line and it was good that the central bank has retained a dovish stand.

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