RBI vide notification dated September 08, 2023 has announced discontinuation of requirement for banks to maintain Incremental Cash Reserve Ratio (I-CRR). As per the Governor’s Monetary Policy Statement of August 10, 2023, scheduled banks were required to maintain an incremental cash reserve ratio (I-CRR) of 10 per cent on the increase in their net demand and time liabilities (NDTL) between May 19, 2023 and July 28, 2023.
The measure was intended to absorb the surplus liquidity generated by various factors, including the return of ₹2000 notes to the banking system. It was indicated that the I-CRR is a temporary measure for managing the liquidity overhang and that the I-CRR will be reviewed on September 8, 2023.
On a review, it has been decided to discontinue the I-CRR in a phased manner. Based on an assessment of current and evolving liquidity conditions, it has been decided that the amounts impounded under the I-CRR would be released in stages so that system liquidity is not subjected to sudden shocks and money markets function in an orderly manner.
The I-CRR can be completely discontinued by banks by October 7, 2023.