Taking the e-way

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With an insurance repositories system in place, you can now convert your policies into electronic form without any cost. With an insurance repositories system in place, you can now convert your policies into electronic form without any cost.
SummaryWith an insurance repositories system in place, you can now convert your policies into electronic form without any cost

from one repository to another.

Irda has said repositories will not sell or solicit policies. They will be authorised only to maintain policies in electronic form and provide service record. Each e-insurance account will have a unique account number and each accountholder will be granted a login ID and password to access his policies online.

IndiaFirst Life MD & CEO P Nandagopal said life insurance policies are the only major retail financial product still issued and maintained in paper form. “India may probably be the first country to embark on and implement such a pathbreaking initiative by transforming physical insurance policy certificates into electronic form,” he said. Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance technical head P Ravi Kutumbrao said the repositories will help insurance companies ensure compliance with and uniformity of KYC details.

Importantly, an individual cannot open multiple e-insurance account. An e-insurance accountholder or a policyholder will have to fill in the e-insurance form, submit a photo identity, address proof, a recent passport-size photograph and a cancelled cheque for ECS/NEFT services for insurance premium payment.

Even an individual who does not have an insurance policy can open an e-insurance account. After buying a policy, he can submit a request for dematerialisation to the insurer or the insurance repository.

Irda has given a list of KYC documents like PAN card and UID card for identity proof and ration card, passport, Aadhar card, voter ID card, driving licence, etc., for address proof. An e-insurance account will be opened within seven days from the date of submission of the complete application. If the insurance repository fails to issue the policy in electronic form within the time specified, it will be liable to fine. Once an account is open, the repository will send a welcome kit, giving details of how to operate the account.

If you want buy a new policy in electronic form, all you have to do is quote the e-insurance account number in your proposal form and make a request for a policy in electronic form. The repository will send an email and SMS on your registered email id and mobile number, respectively, to confirm that the policy has been successfully credited into your e-insurance account.

Analysts say that over a period of time, the insurance repositories will be able to provide a number of convenient services to policyholders.

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