Last Updated: January 10, 2017
Last Updated: December, 2016
Post liberalisation, the insurance industry in India has recorded significant growth. The Indian insurance industry is expected to grow to US$ 280 billion by FY2020, owing to the solid economic growth and higher personal disposable incomes in the country.
There are 24 life insurance and 28 non-life insurance companies in the Indian market who compete on price and services to attract customers. The industry has been spurred by product innovation, vibrant distribution channels, coupled with targeted publicity and promotional campaigns by the insurers.
Government has approved the ordinance to increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) limit in Insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent which would further help attract investments in the sector.
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) recently allowed life insurance companies that have completed 10 years of operations to raise capital through Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). Insurance products are also covered under the Exempt‑Exempt‑Exempt (EEE) method of taxation, which translates to an effective tax benefit of approximately 30 per cent on select investments. In 2015, Government introduced Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJBY) to bring more people under the insurance cover.
Going forward, increasing life expectancy, favourable savings and greater employment in the private sector is expected to fuel demand for pension plans. Likewise, strong growth in the automotive industry over the next decade would be a key driver for the motor insurance market.
During the first half of FY 2016-17 the Life Insurance industry reported a 20 per cent growth in overall annualised premium equivalent with the help of both private players and Life Insurance Corporation.
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