General insurance industry likely to grow 20% annually

The Indian general insurance industry is likely to grow by around 20% per annum in the coming years because of increasing penetration, a top official ofNew India Assurance said. “Despite slowdown in economy, the general insurance industry has grown by around 20% in the recent past. 

We hope the industry will see similar growth in the coming years,” Chairman and Managing Director of New India Assurance G Srinivasan said. The penetration o the general insurance in India stands at around 0.7%, lower than the global average of 1.5-4%. 

Recently, the finance ministry had asked the industry to come up with proposals for increasing penetration. As for the total premium, Srinivasan said it should go up at least four times in the next 10 years. 

The total premium of the industry now stands at around Rs 60,000 crore, with a growth of around 20% per annum. About the major challenges before the industry, Srinivasan said it will have to reduce the underwriting losses. New India Assurance, the largest general insurer in the country, crossed Rs 10,000-crore mark in premium collection in the last financial year and aims to touch a premium of Rs 12,000 crore in the current financial year.

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