RBI annual report

  • Category
    Economy
  • Published
    3rd Sep, 2019

Context

RBI has released annual report for FY19

About

  • The report, which is released every year, analyses the working and operations of the RBI and suggests measures to improve the economic performance.
  • Release of the new economic capital framework under which RBI will transfer ?1.76 trillion surplus to the government.
  • Reviving consumption demand and private investment remains the top priority in the current fiscal.
  • RBI, cautioned that a broad-based cyclical downturn is underway in several sectors—manufacturing, trade, hotels, transport, communication and broadcasting, construction, and agriculture.
  • The delayed onset and skewed distribution of the south-west monsoon may pose downside risks to crop production and rural consumption demand.
  • The central bank has forecast India’s GDP to grow at 6.9% for FY20—in the range of 5.8-6.6% during the first half of the year and 7.3-7.5% in the second half.
  • The annual report pointed out that throughout the year, protectionist policy pronouncements and actions dominated the global political arena.
  • Another conduit through which trade wars and other sources of global spillovers impacted India during 2018-19 is the intertwining of the finance and confidence channels.
  • Viable external financing can become an additional consideration for holding adequate precautionary buffers.
  • One of the recommendations of Bimal Jalan committee report is that the central bank should align its accounting year to the Arpil-March fiscal year for better understanding.

Why the Jump in Income?

According to RBI, its net income from domestic sources more than doubled to Rs 1,18,078 crore in 2018-19 from Rs 50,880 crore in 2017-18, mainly on account the following factors

  • Coupon income due to an increase in the portfolio of rupee securities.
  • Net income on interest under LAF/MSF operations due to increase in net liquidity injection to the banking system and
  • Write back of excess risk provision from the contingency fund.
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