October 31, 2018 / 6:49 AM / 16 days ago

India's finance ministry to shortly issue a statement on gov't-central bank rift

NEW DELHI, Oct 31 (Reuters) - The Indian government will soon issue a statement to address the growing differences between the finance ministry and the country’s central bank, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg said on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Indian Television channels reported that Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel may consider resigning from his post given a breakdown in relations with the government, sparking a sell-off in the rupee and Indian government bonds.

The government has invoked never-before-used powers under the RBI Act that allow it to issue directions to the central bank governor on matters of public interest, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Wednesday. (Reporting by Manoj Kumar Edited by Martin Howell)

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