New Delhi, February 5
The Reserve Bank on Friday permitted retail investors to directly buy government securities (G-Sec) as part of measures to maintain availability of funds in the market and also raise Rs 12 lakh crore debt on behalf of the Centre during 2021-22. Details of the facility will be shortly worked out.
“This is a major structural reform placing India among a select few countries which have similar facilities,” said RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das at a media briefing. Retail investors are presently permitted to indirectly buy government securities, but this is the first time they will be offered the direct route.
The apex bank’s monetary policy committee decided to make no changes in the interest rates as the “need of the hour was to back growth,” said Das. Other steps to ensure funds for the industry did not get crowded out as the RBI raised Rs 12 lakh crore for the government in a “non-disruptive” manner including a graded restoration of the cash reserve ratio (CRR), permitting NBFCs to join the Rs 1-lakh-crore special facility for stressed sectors and continuation of relaxation to banks that will free up Rs 1.53 lakh crore in the next six months.
India enters select group
This (direct G-Sec access) is a major reform placing India among a select few countries which have similar facilities. The need of the hour is to back growth. —Shaktikanta Das, RBI Governor
Indians will also be allowed to make remittances to International Financial Service Centres (IFSCs) while foreign portfolio investors can invest in defaulted corporate bonds. — TNS
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