New Delhi: Hours after Finance Minister P Chidambaram prodded public sector banks to reduce lending rates, Bank of India on Wednesday announced a cut of 0.25 percent in base rate to 10 percent.
The bank has decided to reduce its base rate from the existing 10.25 percent to 10 percent, Bank of India (BoI) said in a statement. The new rate would be effective from July 8, it said.
Base rate is the minimum lending rate below which a bank cannot give loan to any borrower. Earlier in the day, Finance Minister P Chidambaram while meeting heads of public sector lenders said he has advised the banks to reduce lending rates to stimulate credit growth.
"We have advised banks to take a look at the base rate. The base rate of SBI is 9.7 percent. The average of the base rate of other banks is 10.2 or 10.25. We have asked them to take a look at the base rate," he said.
"I have impressed upon the bankers that the Reserve Bank of India has cut the policy rates by 125 basis points...and some part of this must indeed be passed on to borrowers," he said.
"Cost of money has also gone up by 40 or 50 basis points, making it difficult to pass on rate cut to consumers. Nevertheless, all of them assured me that during this month in the month of July, they will review their base rates and they will take appropriate decision on cutting the base rate," he said.
The reduction in base rate would be a powerful booster to the economy and a fantastic stimulus to credit growth, he added.


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