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Rate cut by RBI will give ‘good fillip’ to economy: Jaitley

Citi’s Investor Summit

New Delhi, Nov 17 (PTI) Pitching for a rate cut by RBI, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said lower cost of capital will give a “good fillip” to the economy.

“I am quite clear in my mind that the cost of capital has to come down. Inflation has moderated, global fuel price has eased. Therefore, if RBI, which is a highly professional organisation, in its wisdom decides to bring down the cost of capital (it) will give a good fillip to the Indian economy,” he said.

Delivering the key mote address at the Citi’s Investor Summit, Jaitley hoped that as a professional organisation the Reserve Bank will take “the best decision”.

RBI Deputy Governor S S Mundra, who was present, later said the central bank revises rate, but not on “popular demand. It changes when there is a clear conviction”.

At a different function, Mundra told reporters that RBI will take into account various economic parameters while deciding on interest rate at its next policy.

The RBI, which has kept the key borrowing rate at 8 per cent since January to check inflation, is scheduled to come out with its next monetary policy on December 2.

Meanwhile, September retail inflation has dropped to a record low of 5.52 per cent in October, while the wholesale inflation eased to five-year low of 1.77 per cent.

Indian economy, which slipped to below 5 per cent growth in two consecutive fiscals, is expected to improve to 5.4 to 5.9 per cent in 2014-15.

Giving details of various economic reform measures in the pipeline, Jaitley specifically talked about the Goods and Service Tax (GST) and Insurance Amendment Bill.

The Minister said that he was expecting that Insurance Amendment Bill will be passed in the forthcoming Winter Session of Parliament.

He said he was in touch with the Parliament Select Committee, currently vetting the insurance bill, and would to persuade it to give the report at the earliest.

As regards GST, the Finance Minister said that he is in discussions with the various state governments and most of the contentious issues have already been resolved.

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