HDFC Bank has decided to cut its benchmark lending rate by 0.2 per cent, making loans cheaper for borrowers.
The base rate, or the minimum lending rate, of HDFC Bank [ Get Quote ] will become 9.8 per cent from the existing 10 per cent, sources said.
At the same time, the benchmark prime lending rate of the country's second largest private bank is expected to be slashed by similar percentage points to 18.30 per cent.
The new rates would be effective from Saturday, sources added.
HDFC Bank has become the first bank to cut lending rate after RBI's mid-quarter review of monetary policy which kept all policy rates unchanged earlier this month.
While the short-term lending rate (repo) has been kept unchanged at 8 per cent, the CRR, portion of deposits banks are required to park with the RBI, will be 4.75 per cent.
Most of the banks after June 18 policy announcement have hold on to both lending and deposit rates.
However, State Bank of India [ Get Quote ] on Thursday announced cut in export credit by 0.5 per cent within days of the Reserve Bank increasing the export refinancing limits of banks.