"Once these short term pressures have been contained, as I expect they will be, the Reserve Bank can even consider reversing these pressures," Singh said at a function here. (Agencies)
Earlier this week, RBI has raised short-term interest rates to check rupee fall, which fell to an all time high of 61.21 against the greenback.
The Central Bank has also hiked the lending rates for banks, limiting the borrowing of the system at Rs 75,000 crore and sucking up of Rs 12,000 crore, to make the domestic currency dearer.
The Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) rate was increased to 10.25 percent from current 8.25 percent. Accordingly, the Bank Rate also adjusted to 10.25 percent with immediate effect.
Thus, RBI raised lending rates to commercial banks by 2 percent to 10.25 percent making the loans costlier. The measures came after high level meetings between the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister followed by discussions with RBI Governor D Subbarao who was called as the rupee lost 33 paise to reach 59.89 after touching over 61-levels last week.
"These steps are not meant to signal an increase in the long term interest rates. They are designed to contain speculative pressure on the currency," he said.
The RBI has done its bit to stabilize market expectations, he said, adding, initially it injected dollars into the market. This helped to some extent.
"Once these short term pressures have been contained, as I expect they will be, the Reserve Bank can even consider reversing these pressures," Singh said at a function here.