Banks must increase lending: Kamal Nath

Banks must increase lending: Kamal Nath
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Feb 03 2009. 06 33 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Feb 03 2009. 06 33 PM IST
New Delhi: Asking banks to increase lending to the industry, Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday said emerging markets, including India, will remain preferred investment destinations despite gloomy global environment.
With inbuilt resilience, Indian economy is set to grow by over 7% this fiscal year, Nath said at the award function of the Export Promotion Council for SEZs and EOUs.
“Liquidity has been injected into the system and this liquidity must turn into credit...banks must lend,” he said.
The government and the Reserve Bank have already prodded the banks to increase lending.
Since mid-September 2008, the central bank has infused liquidity of over Rs3,88,000 crore. The repo rate (at which RBI lends overnight funds to banks) has been reduced from 9 to 5.5% and the reverse repo (at which RBI accepts deposits from the banks) to 4%.
“Amid the gloomy global picture there was almost a consensus view that the emerging economies, including India that is showing its resilience and promises to grow in excess of 7%, will continue to a preferred investment destination,” Nath said.
The central bank has also said in its GDP projection that the economy would grow by 7% -- lower than previous estimates of 7.5-8.0%.
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