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RBI in its February policy cut the repo rate by 25 bps while also changing the stance to ‘neutral’ from ‘calibrated tightening’. Consequently, key policy rates are pegged as follows - Repo rate at 6.25%, Reverse Repo at 6.00% and Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) at 6.50%        The inflation projections have been revised downwards to 2.8% in Q4 FY19 (from 2.7-3.2% earlier), 3.2-3.4% in H1 FY20 (from 3.8-4.2% earlier) and 3.9% in Q3 FY20        GDP growth for FY20 has been projected at 7.4% - in the range of 7.2-7.4% in H1 (from 7.5% earlier) and 7.5% in Q3.        Spurring a positive surprise, Jan CPI stood significantly lower than market expectations at 2.05% vis-à-vis the revised Dec-18 estimate of 2.11% (2.19% previously). Lack of inflationary pressures in the services components led core CPI to also moderate, clocking in at 5.38%, a sharp fall from 5.68% in Dec-18.        Industrial production rose by 2.4% in Jan-19 as compared to 0.3% in Feb-18. Cumulatively, IIP for FY19 stood at 4.6%, lower than 3.7% in FY18. Significant sequential uptick was observed across sectors; Mining (3.4%), Electricity (2.1%) and Manufacturing (6.8%)        Wholesale inflation for Jan-19 came in at 2.76%, lower than 3.80% registered in Dec-18. Broad-based fall in commodity prices amid deflationary pressures from food and fuel items led to this downtick in inflation. Consequently, core WPI inched down to 2.91%, as compared to 4.22% in Dec-18.        In its Fifth Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy for FY19, the MPC-panel maintained ‘status quo’. Consequently, key policy rates remained unchanged - Repo rate at 6.50%, Reverse repo at 6.25% and MSF at 6.75%.        Inflation projections for 2018-19 were revised downwards as food inflation has remained benign. It is projected at 2.7%-3.2%% in H2 FY19 (3.8%-4.5% previously) and 3.8%-4.2% in H1 FY20.        Growth for FY19 is projected at 7.4% with 7.2%-7.3% in H2 FY19 (7.3%-7.4% previously). Growth in H1 FY20 is projected to stand at 7.5%.       
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