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SBI expects Reserve Bank to cut CRR by 1 pc

New Delhi: Amid economic slowdown and contracting growth in the manufacturing sector, the country`s largest lender SBI said it expects 1 per cent cut in Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) — the portion of deposits that banks are required to keep with the central bank — for boosting growth.

"We expect the RBI to cut CRR by 1 per cent…It will ease liquidity significantly and lower interest rate," State Bank of India Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its mid-quarter review of monetary policy on June 18 is widely expected to announce steps to boost sagging economic growth, which dipped to nine-year low of 6.5 per cent in 2011-12.

As per the latest data released by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), the industrial production during April slowed to 0.1 per cent from over 5.3 per cent in the corresponding month a year ago.

According to the data, the capital goods output declined by 16.3 per cent as against a growth of 6.6 per cent in the same month last year. Mining output contracted by 3.1 per cent in April, as against growth of 1.6 per cent in the same month last year.

In order to ease liquidity position in the market, RBI had on March 9 cut CRR by 0.75 per cent down to 4.75 per cent.

In January, it had reduced CRR by 0.50 per cent to unlock primary liquidity.

On the possibility of cut in short-term lending (repo) rate by RBI in its mid-quarter review, Chaudhuri said, "Repo rate cut is meaningless because is more symbolic and (its impact is) not very substantial".

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