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RBI policy review: Pause on rate, fast-forward on liquidity to back growth

RBI's accommodative policy may benefit companies as India heads into the festive season

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Shaktikanta Das, RBI governor
RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said the worst was possibly over for the economy and the focus must now “shift from containment to revival”

At a time when high-frequency indicators are pointing to easing of growth contraction, the RBI’s accommodative policy may benefit companies as India heads into the festive season. While the central bank signalled that inflation is easing, analysts say the measures will fast-track the economic revival.

RBI policy review: Pause on rate, fast-forward on liquidity to back growth

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RBI policy review: Pause on rate, fast-forward on liquidity to back growth

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First Published: Sat, October 10 2020. 02:19 IST
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