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Falling oil prices may help save USD 50 bn in import bill, says RBI's Urjit Patel

RBI Deputy Governor Urjit Patel said the fall in oil prices will increase disposable incomes, reduce input cost of businesses and bring down energy subsidy burden.

Neha Dasgupta | January 13, 2015 | Updated 12:19 IST
Falling oil prices may help save $50 bn: RBI Dy governor
Both Brent and US crude are at their weakest since early 2009 after dropping for seven straight weeks as oversupply is clashing with slowing demand. (Photo: Associated Press)

Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Urjit Patel has said the "dramatic" fall in global oil prices is a "boon" for the Indian economy as it may help save $50 billion on import bill.

Both Brent and US crude are at their weakest since early 2009 after dropping for seven straight weeks as oversupply is clashing with slowing demand. They have plunged almost 60 per cent since June last year.

Patel's speech at an event was uploaded on the central bank's website on Tuesday.

The RBI deputy governor said the fall in oil prices will increase disposable incomes, reduce input cost of businesses and bring down energy subsidy burden.

"It (oil fall) saves, on an annualised basis, around $50 billion, roughly, one-third of our annual gross POL (Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants) imports of about $160 billion... But our external situation undoubtedly improves," Patel said.

(Reuters)

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