Month: October 2012

Cabinet okays 49% FDI limit in insurance, pension funds
Posted by:V.K. sharma, October - 05 - 2012

NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday reached out to the BJP, seeking support for legislation to increase the foreign investment cap in insurance and open up the pension sector, setting the stage for negotiations with the principal opposition party and raising the hope that the wait for financial sector reforms may finally be over.

“Legislation-making in Parliament… is a process of discussion and negotiations. Many bills have been passed after discussion with the opposition, especially the principal opposition party,” Union finance minister and the spearhead of the reforms rush P Chidambaram said just after Cabinet cleared the two long-pending financial sector Bills. He also invoked BJP’s claim to be pro-reforms.

In what is being dubbed as the second wave of reforms, the UPA government on Thursday approved 21 proposals including legislation to deepen commodities trading in order to help farmers hedge their risk, a modern set of rules for the corporate sector and a proposal to let the Competition Commission vet all corporate mergers and acquisitions to prevent companies from controlling market mechanics.


source : TOI

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NEFT – National Electronic Funds Transfer form of LIC OF INDIA
Posted by:V.K. sharma, October - 04 - 2012

Good News to LIC POLICYHOLDERS. No more payment cheques to be missed, LIC OF INDIA has upgraded its payment methods for its policyholders. Now any form of payment from LIC OF INDIA to its policyholders (for Money Back, Survival benefit, Refund of amount deposited in LIC, Maturity or claim) will directly be credit in their account directly.

To get the money into the bank, the policyholders need to provide his bank details to LIC OF INDIA in a proper format. The form for the format can be directly downloaded by clicking on NEFT FORM

Note: Now its mandatory to provide the NEFT form fully filled along with policy bond for taking maturity or death claim.



1. What is a NEFT ?
It is a nationwide system that facilitates to transfer a fund from one account of any bank branch to another account of any bank branch. This system is operated by Reserve Bank of India. For transfer of funds the participating banks have to be NEFT enabled. At present around 74000 Banks all over India are participating under NEFT system. For details please refer to RBI website on
2. Advantages of NEFT system for LIC Policy holders / Annuitants :
a) The policy holder / claimant will get the credit in his own account on the due date of payment irrespective of the location of his bank.
b) NEFT will ensure speedier and secure mode of payment.
c) There will be no extra charges to the policy holders / claimant.
d) SMS and E-mail alerts may also be provided wherever the policy payment is made to the policyholder/ claimants’ account through NEFT.
e) Each payment from LIC through NEFT will create one UTR(Unique Transaction Reference) number. If there is any problem in credit to the account, policy holders / claimant can confirm from their bank by quoting this UTR no. In other words it is easy to track a transaction of NEFT, using UTR number.
3. important information to the Policy holder / claimants opting for NEFT :
a) All the items mentioned in the enclosed mandate form should be filled correctly. This
mandate can be used for 6 different policy numbers of the same policyholder..
b) The completed mandate for NEFT should be sent to our Branch, servicing at least one of the policies, listed in the mandate.
c) The policy holder / claimant should also submit either a cancelled blank cheque leaf or the photo copy of the page of the passbook / cheque book where details of the Bank account are mentioned.
d) If within two days of the due date, the amount is not credited to your Bank Account, then you may contact the branch where you have submitted the NEFT mandate.
d) The account of the policy holder / annuitant should be operational at the time of receipt of policy payment.
e) Before submitting the mandate form, the policyholder/ claimant should confirm from his bank that it is NEFT enabled.
f) Policy holder’s/ claimants’ name under the policy should match with that of Bank A/c, else it is likely to be rejected.
g) NRI accounts are guided by FEMA regulations; LIC has decided not to include NRI accounts for fund transfer. So policy holders / annuitants are requested not to submit their NRI account details.
h) After submission of NEFT details, if there is any change in bank details then fresh mandate form will have to be submitted.
i) If you are getting the annuity payments through ECS mode from our IPP cells, you may opt for payment by NEFT by submitting the mandate or continue to receive the annuity payment in the existing ECS mode.




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