RBI cuts reverse repo by 25 bps to 3.75%

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)  cut the reverse repo rate by 25 basis points to 3.75% even as it kept the repo rate unchanged at 4.4%,  two key policy rates meant to tell the banks to not park their money with the central bank and instead lend more to corporate and individuals. the measures were meant to maintain adequate liquidity in the system and its constituents in the face of covid-19 related dislocations; facilitate and incentivise bank credit flows; ease financial stress; and enable normal functioning of markets.

  • To improve liquidity in the money markets, particularly for non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) launch of second installment of targeted long term repo operations — TLTRO 2.0 — for easing credit to NBFCs, the central bank will conduct them for an amount of ₹50,000 crore, to begin with, in tranches of appropriate sizes.
  • The funds will have to be invested in investment grade bonds,commercial paper, non-convertible debentures of NBFCswith at least 50% of it going to small and mid-sized NBFCs and micro finance institutions (MFIs) within one month of availing the credit from RBI.
  • 60% of ways and means advances allowed to states until September 30, 2020
  •  NPA classifications will exclude the three-month moratorium period till May-end NBFCs allowed to grant relaxed NPA classification to their borrowers
  • Banks will need to maintain additional provisioning of 10 per cent on standstill accounts
  • LCR requirement brought down from 100% to 80% with immediate effect. LCR requirement to be restored to the previous level in a phased manner
  • Banks won’t announce dividends until further notice
  • NBFCs’ loans to delayed commercial real estate projects can be extended by a year without restructuring
  • Loans given by NBFCs to real estate companies to get similar benefit as given by scheduled commercial banks


  • The Reserve Bank of India is the supreme monetary and banking authority in the country. It keeps the cash reserve of all scheduled banks and hence is known as Reserve Bank. It was established on April 1, 1935  . Though originally privately owned, since nationalisation in 1949, the Reserve Bank is fully owned by the Government of India. Its main function includes; formulate, implements and monitors the monetary policy, prescribes broad parameters of banking operations within which the country’s banking and financial system functions, Manages the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999, Issues and exchanges or destroys currency and coins not fit for circulation, Banker to the Government: performs merchant banking function for the central and the state governments; also acts as their banker. RBI Governor SHAKTIKANTA DAS

BANK RATE: It is a rate of interest at which the central bank lends money to the lower bank. It is a quantitative method of credit control.

REPO RATE:  Also known as repurchased auction. When there is liquidity shortage, government repurchases government securities and payment is made to banks. It adds liquidity to market.It simply means repo rate is the rate at which RBI lends money to commercial banks against the pledge of government securities whenever the banks are in need of funds to meet their day-to-day obligations.

REVERSE REPO RATE: When the government sell dated government securities to banks to suck considerable liquidity in the market. Both repo and reverse repo rates are liquidity Adjustment Ratio (LAR).

INFLATION: It is an economic condition in which prices of goods and services rises and value of money falls or money circulation exceeds the production of goods and services.

DISINFLATION:  It refers to a situation in which prices are brought down moderately from its higher level without any adverse impact on production and employment.

MONETARY POLICY: Monetary policy is the macroeconomic policy laid down by the central bank. It involves management of money supply and interest rate and is used by the government of a country to achieve macroeconomic objectives like inflation, consumption, growth and liquidity. Monetary policy can be expansionary and contractionary in nature. Increasing money supply and reducing interest rates indicate an expansionary policy. The reverse of this is a contractionary monetary policy.