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Posted at: Jun 24, 2019, 11:11 AM; last updated: Jun 25, 2019, 6:41 AM (IST)

RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya quits months before term ends

Sources said he was against repeated cuts of repo rates
RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya quits months before term ends
Viral Acharya. PTI file photo

Mumbai, June 24

The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) Deputy Governor Viral Acharya has quit six months before the end of his term, sources said on Monday.

Acharya is the second top RBI official to quit after Governor Urijit Patel's exit last December.

As rumours began doing to rounds on Acharya's resignation, RBI said in a statement on Monday: "Due to unavoidable personal circumstances, Viral Acharya is unable to continue as deputy governor beyond July 23". 

Sources however said that Acharya, who joined as the RBI Deputy Governor in January 2017, was against the central bank's decision on repeated cuts of repo rates to support the government's public spending and consumption boost measures to tackle the slowing growth.

Acharya viewed such steps as putting fiscal discipline into risk and he did not want to be part of "those decisions", sources said.

Acharya has yet to issue a statement. 

'To spur the economy, the RBI had cut repo rate by 25 bps to 5.75 per cent in June while switching to "accommodative" stance implying amenable to further cuts.

This is the third time on the trot that the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has decided on a 25-basis points rate cut, making it a hat-trick of repo rate cuts.

The rate cut also comes in the backdrop of benign retail inflation. Following the MPC decision, the repo rate now stands at 5.75 per cent against 6 per cent earlier.

Acharya will be now returning to the New York University's Stern School of Business in August instead of February 2020.

The market was at 39,120, down 72.10 points as of 10.17 a.m. on Monday.

With Acharya's resignation, the RBI is now left with three deputy governors—NS Vishwanathan, BP Kanungo and MK Jain. — Agencies

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