FICCI welcomes RBI’s consistency & approach to manage challenges of economy and health

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Uday Shankar

Kolkata, Jun 4 (UNI) Commenting on the RBI’s monetary policy announcement, Uday Shankar, President, FICCI said, “Central Bank’s consistency and approach towards managing the current challenges both economic and those on health front is laudable.”

“The latter was clearly reflected in the announcement made earlier last month. This time

around we are happy to note the emphasis on relieving the stress faced by MSMEs. The

second wave has had a debilitating impact and in this hour of need all levers must be pulled

to support our MSMEs. We also welcome the accommodative stance of the Bank,” he said.

“Further, the support given to the contact-based services like hotels/restaurants/tourism/

aviation ancillary services/spas/parlours through the Rs 15,000 crore separate liquidity

window should provide some relief to the sector,” said Mr Shankar.

“The additional liquidity facility extended to SIDBI, expanded coverage under Resolution

Framework 2.0 to borrowers upto Rs 50 crores and the allowance to Regional Rural Banks

to issues CDs are significant steps for micro and small enterprises. We appreciate the

Reserve Bank of India’s constant endeavour to ease the conditions for these severely hit

enterprises,” added Mr Shankar.

“While this signalling is critical and timely, effective liquidity transmission calls for a proactive

approach from the banks, since banks are the key intermediaries for implementing many of the announcements made by RBI. In this time of crisis, FICCI would urge members of the banking

fraternity to double up their efforts and support the corporate sector including the MSMEs

across manufacturing and services leveraging all policies announced by the government and

RBI in a swift manner so that the intended benefits reach the targeted groups quickly,” said

Mr Shankar.

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