RBI eases cash reserve rules to ease statutory liquidity reserves
RBI in a statement said banks could ‘carve out’ up to 15 percent of holdings under the statutory liquidity reserves to meet their liquidity coverage ratio (LCR) requirements as compared to 13 percent now.
This resulted from a rise in the facility to avail funds for LCR to 13 percent from 11 percent, effective October 1, RBI said in a statement.
The move by the central bank follows concerns over tight liquidity conditions and banks’ unwillingness to lend to NBFCs.
RBI said it “stands ready to meet the durable liquidity requirements of the system through various available instruments depending on its dynamic assessment of the evolving liquidity and market conditions.”
Citing proactive steps taken in the last few days, RBI said it conducted open market operation (OMO) on September 19 and provided a liberal infusion of liquidity through term repos in addition to the usual provision via the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF).
It further said that another OMO will be conducted Thursday to ensure adequate liquidity in the system.
RBI further announced the relaxation in statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) requirement with effect from October 1, 2018.
Concerns of liquidity crunch were triggered following defaults by an IL&FS group company. It spread to non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), which in turn roiled financial markets.
IL&FS Financial Services, a group company of IL&FS, defaulted on one of its commercial paper issuances due for repayment on Monday. This was the third default by the company.
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