Mumbai: A surging stock market has helped public sector behemoth Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to register a 104 per cent growth in the profit made on its investments. For the quarter ended March 31, 2019, LIC's profit on sale of investments grew to Rs 1,4931 crore against a profit of Rs 7,330 crore in the same quarter a year ago.
NEW DELHI: Two officials of the Life Insurance Corporation of India have been booked by the CBI for allegedly swindling more than ₹3 crore by making death claims on the basis of forged documents in 190 insurance policies in which they inserted bank accounts of their acquaintances in place of nominees, officials said.
Mumbai: Life insurance companies grew by 10.73 per cent year-on-year in first year premium to Rs 2.14 lakh crore in 2018-19. The growth was largely driven by private life insurers that grew by 22.2 percent to Rs 72,481 crore while public sector behemoth Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) grew by 6 per cent to Rs 1.42 lakh crore.
First-year premium of life insurance companies between April 2018 and February 2019 grew 7.6% to Rs 1.77 lakh crore against Rs 1.64 lakh crore during the corresponding period in the previous financial year.
Private players continued to grow faster at 22.31% compared to state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) which posted a growth of only 1.39% during the period, showed data from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai).
Insurance regulator IRDAI Monday said it has sought proposal from Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) for paring its shareholding in the recently acquired controlling stake in IDBI Bank.
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) stipulates that insurers are allowed to hold only up to 15 per cent stake in any listed entity. But LIC, with a special dispensation from IRDAI, holds more than the limit in some state-run banks.
North Block is worried the continued losses suffered by IDBI Bank and the erosion of LIC’s investment in the lender, made at its insistence, may force it to eventually step in with rescue capital or allow the bank to be sold off.
“The Life Insurance Corporation invested around Rs 21,624 crore in IDBI, including buying a 26 per cent stake at a price of Rs 61.73 a share. That share price has now dropped to Rs 43.10, around a 30 per cent fall in price. This is a worrying phenomenon, especially as IDBI Bank does not look like turning around anytime soon,” said officials.
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has asked the insurance companies to make provision for their exposure to the beleaguered IL&FS group.
They have to make provisions for it as those exposures cannot be written off, IRDAI chairman Shubash Chandra Khuntia said on the sidelines of the release of the handbook on general insurance claim insights for policyholders by the Insurance brokers association.
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