The Reserve Bank's decision to cut interest rates will stimulate investment and help in anchoring inflationary expectations, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) Chairman C Rangarajan said.
"RBI has taken a very balanced view. This will ensure that stimulus is provided to growth while continuing efforts to contain inflation. The RBI will cut rates if inflation behaves as per its projection," Rangarajan told PTI.
Rangarajan pegged inflation during 2013-14 fiscal at 6 per cent, lower than one percentage point from 7.18 per cent in December 2012.
RBI Governor D Subbarao in the third quarter monetary policy review surprised the market by cutting short-term lending rate called repo by 0.25 per cent to 7.75 per cent and
Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) by similar margin to 4 per cent, releasing Rs 18,000 crore primary liquidity into the system.
While repo rate cut will reduce the cost of borrowing for individuals and corporates, CRR which is the portion of deposits that banks have to park with RBI, would improve the availability of funds.
The RBI, however, has reduced the growth projection for the current financial year to 5.5 per cent from its earlier estimate of 5.8 per cent.
On inflation, it moderated the rate to 6.8 per cent for March-end from earlier projection of 7.5 per cent.
It, however, expected that inflation would remain range bound around current levels due to persistent food inflation and pass through of diesel price adjustments.
With industrial output contracting by 0.1 per cent in November, the industry had stepped up its demand for interest rate cut by the RBI in its policy review.