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RBI rate hike not in light of global contagion: Raghuram Rajan

The RBI Governor said the central bank's latest move to hike repo rate by 25 basis points was not to fight off the recent global emerging market sell-off, but to tamp down inflationary pressures.

twitter-logoReuters | January 29, 2014 | Updated 13:16 IST
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan. PHOTO: Reuters

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has not raised interest rates to fight off the recent global emerging market sell-off, but to tamp down inflationary pressures, the central bank's Governor Raghuram Rajan has said.

"I think for (some) time we have been saying very clearly we are focused on preserving the value of the rupee, in the domestic context," he told analysts on a conference call a day after the RBI unexpectedly raised its key rate by 25 basis points.

"Preserving it in the domestic context will preserve it in the international context. Preserving in the domestic context means bringing inflation under control. Once we do that, we believe investor confidence naturally follows," Rajan said.


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