IRDA mulls insurance products in vernaculars

Tuesday 09, December, 2008 MUMBAI: The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) on Tuesday said it is mulling developing insurance products in vernaculars. "It is a suggestion. Languages of the products and mechanics of the whole thing evolve through a process of interaction between the regulatory body, counsel and individual companies," IRDA Chairman J Hari Narayan told reporters here at the CII Health Insurance Summit. At present, insurance products are sold in English. On claim settlements, the regulator said 70-75 per cent of the claims are settled in the year they have been filed. The regulator has asked third-party administrators and insurance companies to build up IT-based systems to process data quickly and efficiently, he said. "We want companies to establish their own internal systems for grievances and complaint redress and make them very robust," Hari Narayan said. If the policyholder is not getting good service from insurance companies, he can approach the ombudsmen in different parts of the country and seek redress, he said. There are 12 ombudsmen in the country. The chairman expects the "terror pool" of insurance products to widen as "we go along". "So far no claims have been filed. I expect certain claims would be (made). And we will know whether the current pool is sufficient or not only after those claims are filed," he said.

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