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Insurance business may touch `4 lakh crore this fiscal: IRDA

Insurance watchdog IRDA on Tuesday said that  it estimates the insurance business in India to touch Rs 4 lakh crore in the current fiscal.

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) chairman T S Vijayan also said the regulator is mulling to bring out norms for sub-brokers of insurance products. He, however, did not put any timeframe for bringing out guidelines.

'October seems to be business is good for all companies, both life and non-life. Whole year there should be a good growth compared to last year. Last year industry has collected Rs 3.75 lakh crore,' Vijayan said on the sidelines of a programme.

When asked if the business would touch Rs 4 lakh crore in the current fiscal, he said: 'It will be somewhere around that (Rs 4 lakh crore).'

Earlier in his address, Vijayan said they are very keen to bring in regulation to tighten insurance products distribution system and are mulling to regulate sub-brokers also.

'Similarly distribution also we are very keen that distribution channel should contribute to the development of the industry where agents or brokers which are the traditional models. We also brought out regulation for CSC (customer service centers) seriously looking at the sub-broker level,' Vijayan said.

Later talking to reporters he said, ‘It (regulation for sub-brokers) is still under discussion. There is no timeframe for that.’

He said the regulator is working to see that both insurance distribution and products come to a stage where they can contribute to and address the real need of customers, propelling the industry to the next level of growth.
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