Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Duvvuri Subbarao went against the suggestion of a majority of external members of the central bank's monetary policy committee that recommended no change in the policy repo rate at a May 3 policy meeting, according to minutes of the meeting seen by Reuters.
The RBI cut the key policy repo rate for a third straight time in 2013 to 7.25 percent, pulling it to a two-year low, in a bid to revive decelarating growth and taking into account benign inflation reading.
The committee consists of seven external members, apart from the governor and the four deputy governors. The panel's role is purely advisory, with the governor having the final say.
Four of the seven external members wanted the RBI to hold its repo rate at 7.50 percent, citing concern over India's high current account and fiscal deficits.
Reducing the repo rate may not help revive growth, since low growth reflects impediments to investment projects through power, fuel, supply linkages, according to the four members who did not want a cut, the central bank's minutes of the technical advisory committee meeting held on April 25 showed.