Don't look at rupee fall emotionally: RBI Guv
Despite home currency falling to 83/$ mark, he claims the Indian currency has behaved in an orderly manner; Further says acting prematurely on inflation would have exerted a heavy cost on the economy and citizens, while agreeing that inflation has not been under control
New Delhi: With the rupee witnessing a downward spiral for the past several weeks, even crossing the 83 mark against the US dollar, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das on Wednesday said that the Indian currency has behaved in an orderly manner and its trajectory shouldn't be looked at emotionally.
Das, while addressing industry body FICCI's banking summit in Mumbai, said that capital flows will resume as the US Federal Reserve will not resort to tightening of rates for a long time. The RBI Governor's comments on the rupee came just hours before the US Fed is scheduled to meet later in the day to review key rates. It is anticipated that the Federal Reserve may hike rates to curb rising inflation.
Meanwhile, referring to the RBI's Monetary Policy Committee's (MPC) scheduled meeting on Thursday to discuss its reply to the government, for failing to keep inflation within its tolerance limit of less than four per cent, Das said that the central bank won't immediately release details of the deliberations.
The RBI does not have the authority to release these details, he said. The central bank is mandated to keep inflation within the tolerance limit of 2 per cent to 4 per cent. However, its failure to do so for the past nine months, has warranted a response from the Centre. Defending the RBI's handling of price rise, Das said that acting prematurely on inflation would have exerted a heavy cost on the economy and citizens.
Though he agreed that inflation has not been under control, the RBI Governor at the same time added that the central bank prevented a "complete collapse of the economy by keeping rates lower and stayed away from premature tightening".
The central bank prevented a complete collapse of the economy by keeping rates lower and stayed away from premature tightening
- Shaktikanta Das