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  • RBI decided to maintain the Contingency Risk Buffer at 5.50%
  • RBI dividend below budget estimates

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The dividend for FY22, which will be transferred in FY23 is much lower than what the government had estimated in Budget 2022.

In a cash boost to the government the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved a dividend payment of Rs 30,307 crore to the government for the financial ended March 2022. This figure however is one of the lowest in nearly a decade and much lower than the budget estimates.

The board approved the transfer of Rs 30,307 crore as surplus to the central government for the accounting year 2021-22 while deciding to maintain the Contingency Risk Buffer at 5.50 per cent, RBI said in a statement.

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The decision on the dividend payment was made in the 596th meeting of the Central Board of Directors of RBI, headed by Governor Shaktikanta Das, held on Friday.

Last year in May, RBI declared a dividend of Rs 99,122 crore for the nine-month period (July 2020 to March 2021). The dividend was paid for that period as RBI aligned its financial year with the government's financial year.

Earlier, RBI used to follow July-June period earlier as against government's April-March financial year.

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During its meeting, the board reviewed the current economic situation, global and domestic challenges and the impact of recent geopolitical developments.

The board also discussed the working of RBI during the year April 2021 – March 2022 and approved the annual report and accounts for the accounting year 2021-22, the statement said.

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