The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), while announcing its sixth bi-monthly monetary policy, said that it will facilitate credit flow to well rated non-banking financial companies (NBFCs)."The rated exposures of banks to all non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), excluding the Core Investment Companies (CICs), to be risk-weighted as per ratings assigned by accredited rating agencies similar to that for corporates as compared to 100 percent specified earlier," RBI said in an statement, adding that the exposures to CICs will continue to be risk-weighted at 100 percent.The top bank has also decided to harmonise three major categories — asset finance companies (AFC), loan companies, and investment companies — of NBFCs engaged in credit intermediation into a single category, to be known as NBFC investment and credit company (NBFCICC).For the purpose of risk weights, RBI has classified NBFCs into three categories such as: \tHFC, AFC, IFC: Risk weight to be assigned based on credit rating \tLoan companies: Risk weight of 100 percent irrespective of credit rating \tInvestment companies: Risk weight of 100 percent irrespective of credit ratingThis has now been revised as follows: \tHFC, AFC, IFC: No change \tLoan companies: Risk weight based on credit rating \tInvestment companies: No changeThe decision taken by the RBI will be positive for highly rated loan companies like Muthoot Finance, Muthoot Capital, Manappuram, Shriram City Union, Bajaj Finance, etc. Given the low capital adequacy of PSU banks, they were keen to lend to highly rated HFCs and AFC due to benefit of lower risk weights. On the other hand, PSU Banks were not too keen to lend to even highly rated loan companies due to 100 percent risk weights.The central bank further said that it will revise the definition of bulk deposits to Rs 2 crore and above and would establish an umbrella organisation for the co-operative banks.RBI cut the repo rate as well as reverse repo rate by 25 basis points for the current fiscal. The repo rate now stands at 6.25 percent while the reverse repo rate stands at 6 percent.One basis point is a hundredth of a percentage point.All six MPC members voted in favour of change in stance to 'neutral' from 'calibrated tightening', which was expected by most experts and economists.4-2 voted in favour of a rate cut. Shaktikanta Das, Ravindra Dholakia, Pami Dua, Michael Patra voted in favour of rate cut while Chetan Ghate and Viral Acharya voted to keep the policy rate unchanged.