Asked if the status quo by US Federal Reserve could prompt RBI to cut interest rate, Jaitley said "RBI is managed very professionally, they look at all the figures and developments, both internal and external environment, and take their own decision".

RBI is scheduled to come out with its fourth bi-monthly policy review for the fiscal on September 29 and with uncertainty getting over with regard to the US Fed rate, the central bank may yield to the pressure of easing rates.

"Any policy planner would like a cheaper cost of capital, but that's not a decision which I would like even to influence at this stage because it's a decision which RBI has to take," Jaitley told TV channels. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had earlier said the central bank will be closely watching the decision of the US Federal Reserve.

Earlier in the day, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha added in New Delhi that there is a 'favourable' environment for monetary policy action by RBI. "We are in a favourable environment now. Obviously, all of these have to be balanced and RBI has to take its decisions," Sinha added. He stated that central banks globally tend to take a data-driven approach towards their monetary policies.

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