IMF welcomes RBI decision to hike interest rates

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today welcomed the decision of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to increase the repo rate by 25 basis point to 6.25 per cent.

"We welcome the Reserve Bank of India's decision to increase the policy rate by 25 basis points," IMF Spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters during his bi-weekly news conference here.

In the context of rising inflation and additional upside risks to the forecasts due to higher oil prices, exchange rate depreciation and other domestic factors, the IMF thinks that this was an appropriate step by the RBI on Wednesday, Rice said.

He was responding to a question on the decision of the RBI to increase the interest rate for the first time in the last four years.

It was in January 2014 that the RBI had increased the repo rate to eight per cent to keep the inflation under check.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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