Funds managed by insurance companies to touch Rs 30 tn: IRDA's J Hari Narayan
"When the insurance industry was opened up in 2000, the total controlled fund was about Rs 1 lakh crore. It was Rs 8 lakh crore in 2008 and it is Rs 18 lakh crore now. That is how it grew. After five years, it will be about Rs 30 lakh crore,", Hari Narayan told PTI in an interview. He said he is favour of government hiking Foreign Direct
Investment limit to 49 per cent in the insurance sector, leading to at substantial flow of funds into the capital- intensive sector.
It is estimated the insurance sector would require at least Rs 30,000 crore in next five years to double its size. The government is yet to announce the successor to Hari Narayan, whose five-year stint as IRDA chief is coming to an end today.
Former LIC chairman T S Vijayan's name has been proposed for heading IRDA but a formal announcement is still awaited. Under Hari Narayan, IRDA has taken several important steps, including guidelines for listing of life insurance companies on stock exchanges, doing away with third partymotor insurance pool and introducing portability of health insurance.
The Indian insurance industry needs to give "proper" insurance cover for natural disasters and strengthening of reinsurance, the Insurance Regulatory and Development]
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