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Life insurers’ total premium income dips 6% in 11 months, Reliance’s 24%

The life insurance industry comprising over 20 companies, including public sector LIC, saw a dip of over 6 per cent in premium income in the 11 months from April 2012 to February 2013, with Reliance Life recording the steepest fall. The total premium collected during the April-February period of 2012-13 fiscal by the industry stood at Rs 84,501.75 crore, down 6.12 per cent over the same period previous year.

Among the seven large private sector insurance companies with premium income of over Rs 1,000 crore, SBI Life and ICICI Prudential saw premium income dropping by 12.18 per cent and 2.04 per cent, respectively, during the period under review, data released by the regulator IRDA showed

Reliance Life Insurance Company reported over 24 per cent decline in premium income during April-February this fiscal, the steepest fall among the major life insurers.The premium income of Reliance Life Insurance during the 11-month period in 2012-13 dipped to Rs 1,143.57 crore, from Rs 1,509 crore in the same period of the previous fiscal.Some of the major players, including HDFC Standard Life and Bajaj Allianz, however, bucked the industry trend registering a growth of 12.40 per cent and 15 per cent respectively. SBI Life collected a premium of Rs 4,022.50, followed by ICICI Prudential (Rs 3,983.66 crore), HDFC Standard (Rs 3,432.05 crore) and Bajaj Allianz (Rs 2,362.19 crore), during the period under review, the data showed.

India's largest life insurer LIC reported a drop of 6.35 per cent in its premium collection at Rs 60,705.46 crore in the period against Rs 64,820.48 crore in the year- ago period.

Private insurers together netted Rs 23,796.29 crore in 11 months as against Rs 25,195.35 crore in the corresponding period of 2011-12, showing a decline of 5.5 per cent.Another private sector player, Max Life, saw a meagre 0.84 per cent drop in premium income at Rs 1,587.84 crore, while Birla Sunlife's collection dropped 9.01 per cent to Rs 1,368.35 crore during the period.
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