Oct 10, 2008

India - RBI cuts CRR by 1 percent

Taking swift action to inject about Rs 60,000 crore into the cash-strapped system, the Reserve Bank on Friday announced additional one per cent cut in mandatory requirements for banks to keep cash with the central bank over and above 0.50 per cent reduction announced earlier.

With this, a total 1.50 per cent cut in Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) to 7.50 per cent will come into effect from on Saturday.

"Accordingly, on a review of the evolving liquidity situation in the context of global and domestic developments it has been decided to reduce CRR by 150 basis points to 7.50 per cent with effect from the fortnight beginning October 11, 2008 instead of 50 basis points reduction announced on October 6, 2008," RBI said in a statement in Mumbai.

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