Life Insurance Corp eyeing 20 percent premium growth

June 23rd, 2009 - 8:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 23 (IANS) Life Insurance Corp of India (LIC), the country’s largest life insurer, is targeting 20 percent growth in premium this fiscal, a top official said here Tuesday.
“Last year we have received total premium of Rs.155,000 crore. This year we are looking at a 20 percent growth over that,” T.S. Vijayan, chairman of LIC, told reporters.

The insurance major is also expecting a 25 percent growth in its new premium over Rs.52,000 crore last fiscal.

Explaining the rationale behind setting such high growth targets, Vijayan said: “The economy is looking up. Now there is some sort of stability in the market.”

During April-May, LIC saw “good growth”, he said. “It was around 25-30 percent above same period last fiscal.”

The growth strategy for LIC this year would be mix of both Unit-Linked Insurance Policies (ULIP) and other products, Vijayan added.

In 2008-09, the company infused around Rs.40,000 crore in equities. “I believe, if the going is good this year, we will do the same,” Vijayan said.

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