Urjit Patel Quotes

This is a once in a lifetime event. It is very rare to remove 86% of the currency in circulation in one go. The logistics of such an operation are mammoth.

Urjit Patel

The lack of a consistent policy from major economies is the main source of volatility.

Urjit Patel

We should redefine the metric for effective lending, viz., prioritise loans to enterprises, which will generate more employment.

Urjit Patel

There will always be divergence of views on the output gap, as it is unobservable in a rigorous direct sense. There are only estimates. How can there be a strong consensus on that?

Urjit Patel

We have been mandated by the government, backed by legislation, that we have to have an inflation target of about 4%.

Urjit Patel

People were holding high denomination notes to keep tax unaccounted for money. Some sectors like real estate were using cash to avoid tax.

Urjit Patel

Valid criticism is something that we are open for, and we take it in the spirit in which it is given and try to improve ourselves.

Urjit Patel

Divestment measures would improve overall banking sector health.

Urjit Patel

It is important to recognise near- and medium-term risks to the inflation outlook.

Urjit Patel

There are some things that are under our control, and that is to ensure that we ourselves follow sound macroeconomic stability rules.

Urjit Patel

Very few countries grow at high rate if inflation is high and volatile. I think, in a way, we are doing our bit to support a higher growth rate, but on a durable basis.

Urjit Patel

The best way that a central bank can support growth on a durable basis is to ensure inflation is low, stable – there is financial stability – and that is the role that the central bank plays.

Urjit Patel

I think it is important that we should be on the side of keeping borders open with respect to trade and movement of factors of production.

Urjit Patel

If one sees far, structural changes that come with temporary disruptions can be growth- and efficiency-augmenting in the medium to long term.

Urjit Patel

One of the things that the public sector banks need to do is to raise private capital from the market and not rely on government largesse.

Urjit Patel

From the RBI side, the fake Indian currency note is an important issue that needed to be addressed. The other collateral benefits from this, in terms of greater accountability, better public finance, more transparency, are, by definition, areas that take time to fully play out.

Urjit Patel

The RBI is interacting with the banks every day.

Urjit Patel

I think that it is important that one grows a thick skin fast in this business, and I think we have done that.

Urjit Patel

People have asked why the new currency introduced was different in size and thickness from the old. This is because the new currency has been designed to make it hard to counterfeit. When you are going to make a change of this magnitude, you need to get the best standards in place.

Urjit Patel

The monetary policy committee could either keep rates constant, increase them, or bring them down. There are three options possible compared to when it is accommodative.

Urjit Patel

A well-functioning transmission should at some point go from the overnight right up to 40 years, and that is the ultimate objective in having monetary transmission that affects the whole gamut of borrowing tenure.

Urjit Patel

Yes, 4% is the government-mandated target to the MPC. The plus/minus 2 percentage-point upper and lower bands are the tolerance levels specified by the government. If we breach those for three consecutive quarters, we need to inform the government of why that happened and what we propose to do to bring inflation within the two bands.

Urjit Patel

Growth is always there in the MPC’s scheme of things; we don’t lose sight of that, but not at the cost of inflation.

Urjit Patel

I think that is a very important milestone in our economic history that the monetary policy is now determined through a committee process where there are both independent committee members and representation from the RBI.

Urjit Patel

Large credit guarantees also impede optimal allocation of financial resources and increase moral hazard.

Urjit Patel

There are tens of thousands of bank branches and 4,000 currency chests. We need to be careful and try that this is a number which is not a mere estimate but a verified number both physically and in the accounting sense.

Urjit Patel

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