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FM Launches Insurance Repository System

P Chidambaram

Hyderabad, Sept 16 (INN): Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday launched the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority’s (IRDA) Insurance Repository System (IRS) in Hyderabad, which will help policy holders to keep insurance policies in electronic form and undertake modifications and revisions.

Chidambaram said the IRS will also have digitised non-life insurance policies soon. Meanwhile, the IRDA said the insurance repository system set up by the regulator will be the first of its kind in the world. IRDA recently said five companies have been given the status of insurance repositories and provided with a license that will be valid till July 31, 2014. The five companies are NSDL Database Management Limited, Central Insurance Repository Limited, SHCIL Projects Limited, CAMS Repository Services Limited and Karvy Insurance Repository Limited.

IRDA recently said that insurers can enter into agreements with one or more repositories. According to IRDA, the objective of creating an insurance repository is to provide policy holders the facility to keep insurance policies in electronic form.

It is also to undertake changes, modifications and revisions in the insurance policy with speed and accuracy in order to bring about efficiency, transparency and cost reduction in the issuance and maintenance of insurance policies.

The repository will issue a unique code number to all policy holders, and their policies will come under that number.

Secretary, financial services, Rajiv Thakur, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) chairman T S Vijayan attended the programme.

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