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RBI to gradually remove ICRR, freeing up capital for banks

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will gradually release the additional 10% of fresh deposits that banks are required to park with the central bank.

A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is seen inside its headquarters in Mumbai, India, File photo (REUTERS)Premium
A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is seen inside its headquarters in Mumbai, India, File photo (REUTERS)

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will gradually unwind its requirement of mandating banks to park an additional 10% of their fresh deposits during a specific period with the central bank.

Starting Saturday, 25% of the incremental cash reserve ratio (ICRR) will be released, followed by another 25% on 23 September. The remaining 50% of the ICRR will be released on 7 October, RBI said in a statement on Friday.

In its monetary policy last month, RBI announced a 10% ICRR for banks on the increase in their net demand and time liabilities (NDTL) between 19 May and 28 July. The decision was taken primarily to address the surge in liquidity following the return of 90% of 2,000 notes into the banking system.

“Based on an assessment of current and evolving liquidity conditions, it has been decided that the amounts impounded under the ICRR would be released in stages so that system liquidity is not subjected to sudden shocks and money markets function in an orderly manner," RBI said in a statement.

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das, in the post-monetary policy press conference, had said that the directive to maintain ICRR could withdraw approximately 1 trillion in liquidity from the banking system.

True to that, liquidity has been tight since the imposition of ICRR.

The surplus liquidity in the system currently stands at 76,000 crore, which is still lower than the earlier surplus of 3.5 trillion.

“RBI wants to control liquidity and does not want excess liquidity feeding into inflation. That is why they want to keep system liquidity at around 1 trillion. RBI has calibrated the reduction in ICRR in such a way that it doesn’t impact system liquidity in a big way. The outflow through currency in circulation and forex intervention will largely compensate for the incremental money coming through ICRR," said Gopal Tripathi, head of treasury at Jana Small Finance Bank.

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Gopika Gopakumar
Gopika Gopakumar has worked for over 15 years as a banking journalist across print and television media. Her expertise lies in breaking big corporate stories and producing news based TV shows. She was part of the 2013 IMF Journalism Fellowship Program where she covered the Annual & Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. She started her career with CNBC-TV18, where she also produced a news feature show called Indianomics and an award winning show on business stories from South India called Up South. She joined Mint in 2016.
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Published: 09 Sep 2023, 12:16 AM IST
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