FM floats Cabinet note on monetary policy committee

The Finance Ministry today said it has moved a Cabinet note on setting up the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) which will retain dominant role of the Reserve Bank in the proposed interest-rate setting panel.

"The government has prepared a Cabinet note on MPC. RBI is a very credible institution and nothing will be done in MPC composition that undermines the role of RBI," a senior Finance Ministry official said.

The official did not elaborate on composition or voting rights of the RBI Governor in the MPC, which will replace the current practice of the Governor deciding on interest rate on advice of the technical advisory committee.

The government has proposed to set up the MPC, which will consist of representatives from the Finance Ministry and RBI to decide on interest rate.

The revised draft of the Indian Financial Code (IFC), released by the ministry in July, had suggested doing away with RBI Governor's veto power and proposed a 7-member MPC to take decisions by a majority vote. Of the seven members, four would be government nominees and the rest from RBI.

Under the current system, RBI Governor is appointed by the government, but controls monetary policy and has veto power over the existing advisory committee of RBI members and outside appointees that sets rates.

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