Cabinet approves capital infusion in three public sector general insurance companies

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the capital infusion for an overall value of Rs 12,450 crore; (including Rs 2,500 crore infused in FY 2019-20) in the three Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGICs).

“The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has approved the capital infusion for an overall value of Rs.12,450 crore; (including Rs. 2,500 crore infused in FY 2019-20) in the three Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGICs) namely Oriental Insurance Company Limited (OlCL), National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) and United India Insurance Company Limited (UIICL) but of which Rs.3,475 crore will be released immediately; while the balance Rs,6475 crore will be infused later,” a release from the Finance Ministry said.

As per the release, Cabinet also approved increase in authorised share capital of NICL to Rs.7,500crore and that of UIICL and OlCL to Rs 5,000 crore respectively to give effect to the capital infusion.

“Further, the process of merger has been ceased so far in view of the current scenario and instead, the focus shall be on their profitable growth. The capital infusion of Rs.3,475 Crore will be allocated to three PSGICs viz. OlCL, NICL and UIICL as the first tranche in the current financial year and the. balance amount will be released in one or more tranches. To give effect to the infusion, the authorised capital of NICL will be increased to Rs 7,500 Crore and that of UIICL and OlCL to Rs.5,000 Crore respectively,” the Ministry said.

According to the release, the capital infusion will “enable the three PSGICs to improve their financial and solvency position, meet the insurance needs of the economy, absorb changes and enhance the capacity to raise resources and improved risk management”.

“In the current financial year, the immediate financial implication would be Rs 3,475 crore as a result of capital infusion in three PSGICs namelyOlCL, NICL and UIICL as the first tranche which will be followed by Rs. 6,475 Crore. To ensure optimum utilization of the capital being provided, the Government has issued guidelines in the form of KPIs aimed at bringing business efficiency and profitable growth. In the meanwhile, given the current scenario, the process of merger has been ceased so far and/instead focus shall be on their solvency and profitable growth, post capital infusion,” the release stated.

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