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Thursday, July 4, 2013

SBI rules out cut in minimum lending rate

The country’s largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), ruled out the possibility of cutting its minimum lending rate or base rate, saying it was the lowest in the market.

“We are already at the lowest. We are at 9.7 per cent (base rate). Other banks have been asked (by Finance Minister P Chidambaram) to come to SBI level,” bank Chairman Pratip Chaudhuri said here.

“Our home loan rates are at 9.95 per cent, everybody is at 10.2. We are ahead of the curve,” he said.

Earlier , after a meeting with heads of public sector lenders, Chidambaram said he had suggested the banks consider reducing lending rates to stimulate credit growth.

“We have advised banks to take a look at the base rate. The base rate of SBI is 9.7 per cent. The average of the base rate of other banks is 10.2 or 10.25,” he said.

“I have impressed upon the bankers...the Reserve Bank of India has cut its policy rates by 125 basis points and some part of this must indeed be passed on to the borrowers,” Chidambaram said.

SBI is very comfortable on the liquidity situation, Chaudhuri said.

“I am having 50,000 crore of excess liquidity,” he said.

Source: thehindubusinessline


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