Banks not passing RBI policy rate benefits to customers: Congress

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 03, 2016 14:26 IST
The Congress said banks were not passing RBI’s policy rate benefits on to consumers. (Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

The Congress said in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that the banks were doing “injustice” to their customers by not passing the entire reduction in key policy rates by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to their customers.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Congress member Palvai Govardhan Reddy said the RBI has reduced the repo rate by 150 basis points but banks have only passed on the benefit to the consumers in the range of 60-70 basis points.

“Banks are not passing on the benefits...(then) what is the point of reducing repo rate,” he said, adding that the banks are doing “injustice” to the borrowers.

On the contrary, the Congress member said the banks were quick to raise interest rates as soon as the RBI increased the key policy rate or repo rate (short term lending rate).

Reddy urged the RBI and the finance minister to look into the issue and ensure that the rate cut is passed on to the customers, so that home and auto loans could get cheaper.

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