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Letter to BS: Fall in oil price can enable RBI to ease basic rates further

With consumer demand remaining sluggish, it is prudent on the part of the central and states governments to pass on the benefits to people

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With consumer demand remaining sluggish, it is prudent on the part of the central and states governments to pass on the benefits to people.

With crude oil prices crashing in the backdrop of the disag­reement between Russia and oil producing and export co­un­tries, nations like India can leverage the situation to reduce their rising import bill. One-dollar decrease in the reduces the import bill by around $1.6 billion per year. Besides easing the inflationary pressure and softening the current account deficit, the fall in can enable the RBI to soften the basic rates further. With consumer demand remaining sluggish, it is prudent on the part of the central and states governments to pass on the benefits to people.

M Jeyaram, Tamil Nadu


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First Published: Wed, March 11 2020. 22:34 IST
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