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BoB slashes BPLR by 50 bps

Responding to signal from RBI, Bank of Baroda today announced cutting benchmark lending rate by 50 basis points to 12 per cent effective from April 1.

india Updated: Mar 06, 2009 15:39 IST

Responding to signal from RBI, Bank of Baroda on Friday announced cutting benchmark lending rate by 50 basis points to 12 per cent effective from April 1.

Bank has decided to reduce its Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) by 50 basis points from existing 12.5 per cent, Bank of Baroda informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.

The cut in the bank's prime lending rate will reduce the interest burden in all BPLR-linked advances, including home loans from the bank.

Meanwhile, the country's largest private sector lender, ICICI Bank, reduced its interest rates on new home loans by 0.25-0.50 per cent with immediate effect.

For priority sector home loans below Rs 20 lakh, the new interest rate will 9.75 per cent as against the earlier 10 per cent.

For loans in the range of Rs 20-30 lakh, the interest rate has been reduced to 10 per cent as against the earlier 10.5 per cent, an ICICI Bank spokesperson said.

Yesterday, another Mumbai-based state-owned lender Union Bank of India had announced a 0.50 per cent cut in BPLR to 12 per cent.

As part of monetary easing measure, RBI cut Repo (overnight lending rate) by 50 basis points to 5 per cent and Reverse Repo (overnight borrowing rate) identically to 3.5 per cent signaling banks to cut rates.