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Centre says not seeking Rs 3.6 lakh crore RBI reserve, dismisses media reports

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New Delhi: The government dismissed recent media reports on seeking Rs 3.6 lakh crore from RBI reserve stating that a lot of misinformed speculation is going around in media.

Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg in a series of tweets said that government’s fiscal math is completely on track and there is no proposal to ask RBI to transfer 3.6 or 1 lakh crore, as speculated.

Garg said that only proposal under discussion is to fix appropriate economic capital framework of RBI.

“Government’s FD in FY 2013-14 was 5.1 percent. From 2014-15 onwards, government has succeeded in bringing it down substantially. We will end the FY 2018-19 with FD of 3.3 percent. Government has actually foregone Rs 70,000 crore of budgeted market borrowing this year,” he added.

A section of media had earlier claimed that at the heart of the RBI-government standoff was a proposal by the Finance Ministry seeking to transfer a surplus of Rs 3.6 lakh crore, more than a third of the total Rs 9.59 lakh crore reserves of the central bank, to the government.

Following media reports, the Congress party has has accused the government of “destroying” institutions with its alleged strong arm tactics, the differences between the Modi government and the RBI came out in public domain after a deputy governor raised concerns about the central bank’s autonomy and warned that the governments that did not respect the central bank’s independence would sooner or later incur the wrath of financial markets.


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Shaktikanta Das assumes charge as RBI Governor

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New Delhi : Former Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das Wednesday assumed charge as the RBI Governor.

He replaces Urjit Patel who abruptly resigned amid a face-off with the government over issues related to governance and autonomy of the central bank.

“Assumed charge as Governor, Reserve Bank of India. Thank you each and everyone for your good wishes,” Das said in a tweet.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley termed Das as a person with “right credentials” for the RBI top job.

“Das has been a very senior and an experienced civil servant. He has almost his entire career in the management of finances and economic management of the country both, when he was in the state government of Tamil Nadu and also when he was in the Government of India in the Ministry of Finance,” Jaitley said.

Das, who becomes 25th governor of the RBI, is a former IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre.

Jaitley said his appointment was necessitated by the resignation of Urjit Patel as Governor of the RBI on Monday.

“I think, he (Das) has the right credentials. He has been extremely professional, has worked under various governments and has excelled himself. I am sure, in meeting the challenges before India’s economy as Governor of Reserve Bank, he will certainly act,” the finance minister said.

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ADB retains Indian growth forecast at 7.3% for FY19

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New Delhi: Asian Development Bank said it has retained its India growth forecast at 7.3 percent for current fiscal and 7.6 percent in the following financial year.

India is maintaining growth momentum on rebounding exports and higher industrial and agricultural output, ADB said in its Asian Development Bank Outlook Supplement.

“India saw GDP growth moderate to 7.1 percent in Q2 of FY2018 (ending 31 March 2019) from 8.2 percent in Q1, for 7.6 percent growth in the first half,” ADB said.

The slowdown came mainly from weak food prices, dampening rural consumption, higher oil prices delivering a negative shock in the terms of trade, and rising costs for raw materials.

“Nonetheless, growth forecasts of 7.3 percent for 2018-19 and 7.6 percent for 2019-20 are retained from the update despite some downside risks,” ADB said in the supplement.

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Onida starts manufacturing televisions for Reliance Retail

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Mumbai: Onida (Mirc Electronics Ltd.), the leading consumer durables company in India has started to manufacture televisions for Reliance Retail. With the demand for third-party TV manufacturing driven by the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative and with the available manufacturing capacity at the factories, the company is bullish on its growth trajectory.

The company has taken strategic decision to start non-captive manufacturing during the current year and had started manufacturing televisions for Reliance Retail from July 2018.

Onida has recently started its LED panel manufacturing plant and the company is currently manufacturing 80 per cent of television LED panels required for the captive purpose to reduce cost and have an edge over other brands.

Upbeat on the developments taking place in the company, Mr. Vijay Mansukhani, MD, said, “We are delighted to work with Reliance Retail. We need not incur any further capex as the current manufacturing facilities can take care of sizable non-captive business. Neither have we needed working capital.”

“Considering the low penetration levels across all consumer durables, there is enough market for existing and new players. The demographics of India supports a good amount of demand and many international players would like to tap the Indian market. Many players are approaching us because of our strengths in R&D, quality, distribution, and strong logistics and after-sales services”

He further added that “Unlike other players, we can support new players across the value chain”.

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