Economy needs stimulus, credit demand muted: SBI Chairman
State Bank of India (SBI) chairman Rajnish Kumar addresses a press conference in Kolkata on August 18. (IANS Photo)
Kolkata, August 18 (IANS): Amid the economy roiling through a slowdown in demand and consumption, State Bank of India (SBI) Chairman Rajnish Kumar on Sunday raised the pitch for a stimulus, saying that the credit demand remains subdued.
Though lack of credit demand exists in the economy, there is no supply-side constraint as the public sector banks are well-capitalised, he said.
"Demand for credit in the economy is subdued. There is a need for stimulus in the economy," Rajnish Kumar told media here.
The SBI chief was in the city to attend the multi-level consultation programme with SBI branch managers in the region.
"There is no supply-side constraint. More or less, the public sector banks are well capitalised and bank rates also moderated," he said while expressing hope that the monsoon will have a positive impact.
Increased spending by the government and the upcoming festival season would boost demand, Kumar pointed out.
Intensifying the efforts to find ways out of pressing issues of tax surcharge on the super rich, the slowdown in the auto and housing sector, the Finance Ministry and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) are constantly holding meetings to come out with solutions to tackle the near-stagnant economy. They are discussing options and solutions on tackling the slowdown in the auto, realty sectors and and also on the equity market, being battered by FPIs.