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Irdai had directed SBI Life Insurance to takeover the policy liabilities of around two lakh policies along with assets of stressed Sahara India Life Insurance Co Ltd.Premium
Irdai had directed SBI Life Insurance to takeover the policy liabilities of around two lakh policies along with assets of stressed Sahara India Life Insurance Co Ltd.

SBI Life Insurance Company has clarified on the insurance regulator Irdai’s recent order saying that it is not a merger between the two companies but only a transfer of the policyholder related assets and liabilities of Sahara Life Insurance.

Earlier on Friday, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) had directed SBI Life Insurance to takeover the policy liabilities of around two lakh policies along with assets of stressed Sahara India Life Insurance Co Ltd (SILIC).

“The Company would like to inform that this is not a merger between the two companies and is only transfer of the policyholder related assets and liabilities. The policyholder related assets and liabilities being transferred is less than 0.5% of the Balance Sheet of the Company," SBI Life Insurance said in a regulatory filing.

Read here: SBI Life to acquire Sahara India's Life Insurance business

The subsidiary of country's biggest lender State Bank of India (SBI), added that it will assure the new customers of “high levels of service and commitment".

"We have started and we are expeditiously working on the process of integrating all these policyholders in our systems. While the full integration may take some time, we request these policyholders to reach out to us on our helpline number 1800 267 9090 or email us at saharalife@sbilife.co.in," it said.

Further, SBI Life will shortly reach out to these policyholders and intimate them about various touch points and manner of servicing for a smooth transition.

Irdai took the decision amid deteriorating financial health of the Sahara India Life Insurance Company. It was also not allowed to underwrite new business and further directions were issued to the insurer to meet the regulatory requirements.

"Despite being provided ample opportunities and sufficient time to ensure compliances, SILIC has failed to comply with directions of the authority and take any affirmative steps to protect the interests of its policyholders," the regulator had said, PTI reported.

Further, the policy data of SILIC reveals that the company's portfolio is showing run-off trend. The financial position has been deteriorating with rising losses and higher percentage of claims to total premium.

"If the trend is allowed to continue, the situation will worsen and lead to erosion of capital and SILIC may not be able to discharge its liabilities towards policyholders, thereby endangering the interest of its policyholders," Irdai had said.

The authority added in its meeting held on June 2, 2023 that the action was warranted to protect the interest of the policyholders of SILIC. Further, Irdai said it will continue to monitor the situation and also issue necessary directions as required in the interest of the policyholders of SILIC.

(With PTI Inputs)

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Updated: 03 Jun 2023, 03:46 PM IST

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