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Inflation target band of 2-6% appropriate for next 5 years: RBI report

The finding is part of RBI's 'Report on Currency and Finance' for 2020-21

Reserve Bank of India | Inflation

Reuters  |  Mumbai 

Governor Shaktikanta Das has pledged to stay accommodative well into 2021 as he tries to dig the economy out of an unprecedented technical recession
India adopted the flexible inflation targeting framework in 2016 and the government is due to review the same in the near future

India's medium-term target of 4 per cent is appropriate for the country under its the central bank's flexible targeting (FIT) mandate, an internal report from the said on Friday.

"Trend to which actual inflation converges after a shock provides an appropriate benchmark for the inflation target; trend inflation has fallen from above 9 per cent before FIT to a range of 3.8 per cent-4.3 per cent during FIT," the RBI said in its release.

India adopted the flexible inflation targeting framework in 2016 and the government is due to review the same in the near future.

"The current numerical framework for defining price stability, i.e., an inflation target of 4 per cent with a +/-2 per cent tolerance band, is appropriate for the next five years," RBI said.

The central bank said that, in the conduct of monetary policy in an open economy setting, foreign exchange reserves and associated liquidity management are crucial and hence, there is a need to enhance the RBI’s sterilisation capacity to deal with surges in capital flows.

"The primary focus of flexible inflation targeting on price stability augurs well for further liberalisation of the capital account and eventual internationalisation of the Indian rupee," it said.

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First Published: Fri, February 26 2021. 14:08 IST