The Reserve Bank is likely to cut the repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) after the Budget, in its policy meeting in April, beyond which the central bank is expected to stay on hold, says a Nomura report. According to the Japanese brokerage firm, gross value added (GVA) growth has marginally undershot the RBI’s 7.4 per cent projection in the financial year 2015-16, supporting the case for a rate cut. “In our baseline, we believe the RBI will cut the repo rate by 25 bps in the April policy meeting after the Budget. Beyond that, we expect the RBI to stay on hold and shift its focus to policy transmission,” it said in a research note. The quality and quantum of fiscal consolidation and supportive structural reforms in the Budget are now key to watch, it added. The global brokerage firm reported that though the GDP data suggests that India’s growth cycle has accelerated in the financial year 2015-16, driven primarily by rising private consumption demand and steady public investment growth, there remains a “disconnect between GDP and real data”.