Mumbai, Feb 5: Adopting a wait and watch approach, the Reserve Bank retained its key short-term lending rates along with the growth-oriented accommodative stance during the final monetary policy review of FY21.
Accordingly, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the central bank voted to maintain the repo rate, or short-term lending rate, for commercial banks, at 4 percent.
Likewise, the reverse repo rate was kept unchanged at 3.35 per cent, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the 'Bank Rate' at 4.25 per cent.
It was widely expected that the Reserve Bank's MPC would hold rates.
Announcing the MPC decision on a virtual platform, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das gave a stable near term outlook on inflation.
The inflation rate, he said, is seen at 5.2 per cent in Q4FY21.
However, rising petroleum and raw materials costs was pointed out as a source of concern.
On the growth front, Das said the outlook has improved significantly with positive impulses becoming more broad based.
Besides, he mentioned the ongoing vaccination drive, expanding number of normalising sectors and reviving consumer confidence.
Additionally, he said the GDP growth has been projected at 10.5 per cent in FY22.