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With ‘slog overs’ and ‘strike form’, RBI chief describes state of play

PTI Mumbai | Updated on October 09, 2020 Published on October 09, 2020

Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das

With the IPL season in full swing, Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday chose cricketing terminologies to suggest that some of the worst-hit sectors of the economy can use “slog overs” to rescue the “innings”.

“Open their accounts” and “strike form” also found a place in the Governor’s statement as he shared his views on the pandemic-hit economy after the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decided to leave key benchmark rate unchanged and maintain an accommodative stance.

Trying to explain the process of recovery for the Covid-19-hit economy, Das said, “In my view, it is likely to predominantly be a three-speed recovery, with individual sectors showing varying paces, depending on sector-specific realities.”

He added that sectors that would “open their accounts” the earliest are expected to be those that have shown resilience in the face of the pandemic and are also labour-intensive.

In this category, Das included agriculture and allied activities; fast-moving consumer goods; two-wheelers, passenger vehicles and tractors; drugs and pharmaceuticals; and electricity generation, especially renewables.

For the Governor, the second category of sectors to “strike form” would comprise segments where activity has been normalising gradually.

“The third category of sectors would include the ones which face the ‘slog overs’, but they can rescue the innings. These are sectors that are most severely affected by social distancing and are contact-intensive,” Das remarked.

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Published on October 09, 2020
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