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My name is Raghuram Rajan and I do what I do: RBI Guv on rate cut

Mumbai: "My name is Raghuram Rajan and I do what I do", was RBI Governor's response to comments that he was being Santa Claus in cutting interest rate by more than expected.Amid government and industry
PTI September 30, 2015 7:39 IST
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Mumbai: "My name is Raghuram Rajan and I do what I do", was RBI Governor's response to comments that he was being Santa Claus in cutting interest rate by more than expected.

Amid government and industry pressure, Rajan today cut interest rate by 0.50 percent, double of what was broadly anticipated and the biggest in more than three years. The cut brought down repo rate to 6.75 percent, the lowest in our-and-half-years.

At the press conference called to announce the fourth bi-monthly monetary policy, he was asked if he was being Santa Claus in giving more than expected or should his statement be read as hawkish.

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"I don't know what you want to call me... Santa Claus... you want to call me hawk, I don't know. I don't go by this. My name is Raghuram Rajan and I do what I do," he said.

Asked why RBI cut interest rate by 0.50 percent, RBI Governor said: "We want to make sure that word sustainable and growth go together. Both are are important. And that's why we used what room we had. But I don't think we were excessively aggressive. We were not throwing out Diwali bonus."

Rajan said the best protection against financial market turmoil and surviving turmoil is good policy.