Did You Know: What is Flexible Inflation Targeting Framework (FITF)? | RBI Grade B 2019 Question

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Let’s learn What is Flexible Inflation Targeting Framework (FITF)?

Through an agreement signed between the RBI and the government as at February 20, 2015, RBI decided to adopt FITF as the modern monetary policy framework. In May 2016, the RBI Act, 1934 was amended to provide a statutory basis for the implementation of the FITF.

What FIT means is that price stability is to be achieved by keeping track of, forecasting, and controlling inflation; as such, if the percentage change in monthly Consumer Price Index (headline CPI) year-on-year was outside or expected to be outside a specific range of numbers (the “Target”) for a certain duration, it gives RBI a justification to decrease or increase short-term interest rates. Thus, price stability became an overarching objective of monetary policy, moving other factors to the background.

 

The amended RBI Act provides for the inflation target to be set by the Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank, once every five years.

 

The Central Government has notified 4% CPI inflation as the target for the period from August 5, 2016, to March 31, 2021, with the upper and lower tolerance limit of 6% and 2% respectively.

 

If average inflation is more than the upper tolerance level or less than the lower tolerance level for any three consecutive quarters, it constitutes to failure in achieving the inflation target.

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