The base rate has been be reduced to 9.95 percent from 10.25 percent, effective June 8, Allahabad Bank said in a filing to the BSE. With the reduction, all loans linked to the base rate will come down by at least 0.3 percent.

Consequently, Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) of the bank will be reduced to 14.20 percent from existing 14.50 percent. The rate cut by the Kolkata-based lender comes against the backdrop of the Reserve Bank of India reducing the repo rate by 0.75 percent since January, 2015.

Following status quo in RBI policy in April, many lenders including SBI, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank had reduced base rates. Other big lenders such as Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, and IDBI Bank reduced their lending rates last month.

As part of its second bi-monthly monetary policy review today, RBI cut the repo rate (short-term lending rate) from 7.5 percent to 7.25, but left all other policy tools like cash reserve requirement unchanged at 4 percent and Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) at 21.5 percent.

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan asked banks to follow suit and pass on the rate cuts -- 0.75 percent since January – to individual and corporate borrowers.

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