India regulator gears up for insurance pricing changes

Existing tariffs set to be de-notified

India regulator gears up for insurance pricing changes

Insurance News

By Kenneth Araullo

The Indian insurance sector is preparing for a significant overhaul with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) preparing the groundwork for enhanced pricing freedom for general insurers.

A dedicated task force has been established to draft a new set of guidelines aimed at reshaping the way motor insurance, specifically third-party (TP) cover, is priced.

The Hindu reports that this strategic move comes as the IRDAI scrutinises the suggestions of a working group focused on crafting a new regulatory framework, which will come into effect following the de-notification of existing tariff systems.

In anticipation of this change, the IRDAI's task force, led by Insurance Advisory committee member Rajendra Beri, will devise principle-based guidelines to manage the transition. The body, composed of members from six general insurance firms, one reinsurer, and with Randip Singh Jagpal as the member convener, has been given a three-week deadline to present its recommendations.

The impending shift to a de-tariffed regime is seen by industry experts as a welcome progression towards more dynamic pricing models. It also aligns with the IRDAI's recent trajectory of reform, promoting a more liberal environment where insurers can introduce new products through a simplified filing process rather than seeking prior approvals.

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