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Bankers ask RBI to ease liquidity

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Mon, Jul 09, 2012 11:20 hrs

Mumbai, July 9 (IANS) Top bankers Monday urged the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to ease liquidity in the banking system to help revive industrial growth.

Executives of leading lenders including State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Punjab National Bank met RBI Deputy Governor Subir Gokarn and requested for easing the liquidity.

The central bank hold discussion with the bank representatives ahead of the first-quarter review of the monetary policy which is scheduled July 31.

"Right now liquidity is alright. But, should the liquidity get tighter, the RBI should come in there," Chairman of the Indian Bank Association Alok Misra told reporters after the meeting.

Misra, who is also the chairman and managing director of the government-run Bank of India, said the central bank should ease liquidity in the system to give a boost to industry.

"We should be pro-industry. If we can, we should save the industry," he said.

Chairman of HDFC Bank Aditya Puri said the RBI was unlikely to cut rates because of the persistently high rate of inflation.

"I don't think with this inflation rate you can expect a rate cut," Puri said.

He said the Indian economy was passing through a slowdown and the RBI monetary policy can't solve all the problems.

"There have to be ways for improving that slowdown. It can be improved partly by government action and partly if there were any difficulties on the financial side," Puri said.

"The issue is that you need more money supply but, you need government action. The monetary policy cannot be the basic panacea for all ills," he added.




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