RBI infuses Rs. 75000 Cr to Banks ahead of GST, Advance Tax Drain-Out

Top Stories RBI infuses Rs. 75000 Cr to Banks ahead of GST, Advance Tax Drain-Out RBI Injects Rs. 75,000 Crore into Banks priorto GST and Advance Tax Liquidity Drain By Manu Sharma – On March 19, 2024 3:21 pm – 2 mins read The Reserve Bank of India ( RBI ) has taken precautionary measures by infusing Rs. 75,000 crore into the banking system through Variable Rate Repo ( VRR ) auctions. This move comes ahead of anticipated liquidity strains due to advance tax and Goods and Services Tax ( GST ) payments, which are projected to withdraw nearly Rs. 2.5 trillion from the banking system.

The seven-day VRR auction conducted on Friday attracted bids worth Rs. 76,560 crore from banks, with the RBI accepting bids at a rate of 6.52%, lower than the marginal standing facility rate of 6.75%. This injection of funds aims to ensure sufficient liquidity in the banking sector amidst upcoming financial outflows. Advance tax payments, due on March 15, and GST payments, due on March 20, are expected to total around Rs. 2.5 trillion, potentially creating a deficit in liquidity next week.

The banking system is likely to face challenges as these significant sums flow out. An expert noted that recent surplus liquidity, influenced by government spending, prompted the RBI to conduct VRR auctions to manage liquidity. However, in anticipation of an impending shortfall, the RBI opted to bolster liquidity through these auctions. Over the past month, the liquidity scenario has shifted significantly. After experiencing a severe shortage of funds, the banking system is now seeing excess liquidity. Recent RBI data indicates a surplus, reaching Rs. 13,377 crore on March 13 and Rs. 29,817 crore on March 14.

The RBI’s measures through VRR auctions reflect the commitment to maintaining liquidity stability in the banking sector amidst impending financial outflows due to advance tax and GST payments. These injections of funds are crucial in ensuring smooth financial operations and addressing liquidity challenges effectively.

Leave a Reply