Rajan expects to work with new govt to battle inflation

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said on Friday he expected to join hands with the country's new government to bring down high inflation.

Rajan, speaking at a seminar in Tokyo, said the new government's plan to curb food inflation seems sensible and that he expected the public's inflation expectations to fall in the future.

Indian bond yields fell on Friday after Rajan's remarks, showing the level of concern about high inflation and investors' anticipation that the RBI will continue efforts to stabilise the economy.

"There is a sense of conviction about our plan to bring inflation down to 8 percent this year and 6 percent next year," Rajan said.

"This information has gotten out to the public. The public's inflation expectations have fallen and I think expectations will fall further in the future."

The benchmark 10-year bond yield fell 4 basis points to 8.61 percent by 0429 GMT following the comments.

Since Rajan took the helm of the RBI in September, the RBI has raised interest rates three times by a total of three-quarters of a percentage point in an attempt to curb persistently high inflation.

Consumer price inflation picked up in April, while wholesale inflation moderated but remained at elevated levels.

Rajan is a former International Monetary Fund chief economist and is widely viewed as India's most capable technocrat, winning the respect of investors for his handling of a currency crisis that hit Asia's third-largest economy last year.

Rajan said he was worried about non-performing assets in India's banking sector but wanted to work with the new government to solve this problem quickly.

India's current account deficit, which has caused concern about economic imbalances, could fall to 2 to 2.5 percent of gross domestic product in medium term, he also said.

Narendra Modi was sworn in as India's prime minister this week after a sweeping election victory with a mandate to deliver better governance and economic stability.

There are concerns Rajan could come under pressure from the new government to take a less hawkish stance on inflation to revive economic growth and create more jobs.

Inflation is now running at double the RBI's longer-term 4 percent target, at a time when economic growth has fallen to its slowest in a decade.

Economic policy is arguably the most important area for India's new government as it seeks to drag the country out of its economic torpor and create enough jobs for the 10 million young people who join the workforce each year.

Post new comment

E-mail ID will not be published
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

EDITORIAL OF THE DAY

  • Sex education in schools can help bring do​wn juvenile crime

    Whatever the health minister’s views on banning “vulgar” sex education in schools, given the backdrop of the Bangalore child rape, and the count

FC NEWSLETTER

Stay informed on our latest news!

INTERVIEWS

GV Nageswara Rao

MD & CEO, IDBI Federal Life

Timothy Moe

Goldman Sachs

Chander Mohan Sethi

CMD, Reckitt Benckiser India

COLUMNIST

Urs Schöttli

Why cleanliness is a vital human right

I have spent the past few months in India witnessing ...

Parvez Imam

Tourism agenda with a colonial undertone

Tourism is supposed to bring in foreign exchange and provide ...

Dharmendra Khandal

Let the tiger breathe in its natural home

The world has been observing July 29 as International Tiger ...

INTERVIEWS

William D. Green

Chairman & CEO, Accenture