Higher levels of transparency can be achieved by disclosing important information on loan pricing and possible fees to the borrower before he or she signs an agreement.“Transparency” was the key word when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) freed the interest rates from a regulated regime from April 2010. The newly introduced Base Rate is expected to be significantly lower than the prevailing Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) and thus the beneficiary would be individual borrowers.
In a notification to all scheduled commercial banks, the RBI stated that the Base Rate system will replace the BPLR system with effect from April 1, 2010. Banks may determine their actual lending rates on loans and advances with reference to the Base Rate.
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