Tax sops may boost sagging insurance sector in 2013
The Asset-Liability Management (ALM) norms, Irda said are "critical for the sound management of the finances of the insurers that invests to meet its future cash flow needs and capital requirements".
Ghosh said, meanwhile, that challenging times continued for the industry this year, with insurers trying to adjust to the new regulatory framework.
Though the industry premium levels are still lower than last year; the decline seems to have plateaued, he said.
The life insurance industry recorded a premium income of Rs 2,87,072 crore during 2011-12, as against Rs 2,91,639 crore in the previous financial year, down 1.57 per cent.
At the same time, premium collected by life insurance companies dropped 3.45 per cent in the April-October period due to various factors that are influencing the financial sector as a whole.
The premiums collected by 23 private sector companies and lone state-owned LIC totalled Rs 53,814.09 crore during the period. They together had collected Rs 55,737.84 crore in the April-October 2011 period.
Despite slowdown in the industry during the year, new player entered the field, with Irda giving approval to three general insurance companies -- Magma HDI, Liberty Videocon General Insurance and Religare.
Besides, two other existing life insurance companies witnessed change in the shareholders. In case of Max Life Insurance, New York Life of the US existed while Punjab National Bank picked up 30 per cent stake in the
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