Low growth will be factored in monetary policies: RBI chief

Low growth will be factored in monetary policies: RBI chief Kolkata: RBI Governor D Subbarao on Thursday said there was a steep moderation in growth, which the apex bank would take it into account in its mid-quarter and quarterly policies.

"Growth has moderated certainly. Growth has come down from 8.5 percent and 6.5 percent in the last two years to 5.5 percent and 5.3 percent (in the last two quarters)," Subbarao told reporters after the RBI's central board meeting here.

He said: "We in the RBI are always trying to manage the balance between growth and inflation. The fall in growth to 5.3 percent in the last quarter is a steep moderation."

Subbarao said that at the same time, inflation is still high.

"Inflation has come down from its peak. At 7.5 percent, inflation is still high. We are expecting that inflation will trend down in the last quarter of the current fiscal," he said.

"And, as we go into our mid-quarter policy on December 18 and quarterly policy on January 29, we will take into account the growth-inflation trajectory and calibrate our policy accordingly," the RBI governor said.

PTI