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IDBI Fortis in pact with RRDC for rural poor

BS Reporter  |  Kolkata/ Bhubaneswar 

IDBI Fortis Life Company Ltd, which started its commercial operations from March 2008, aims to sell 10,000 Termsurance Grameen Surakshya (TGS) policies in Orissa during the current fiscal.

It has already sold 3500 policies targeted at rural poor in partnership with the Regional Rural Development Centre (RRDC), the Orissa based developmental organisation.

As a measure to promote financial inclusion in rural Orissa, IDBI Fortis and RRDC have entered into a tie up for offering TGS policies protecting the lives of rural poor.

Talking to the media, Amish Tripathy, national head (marketing and product management), IDBI Fortis, said, the product is specially designed to make life affordable to the rural poor. It can offer financial inclusion to a large number of rural people not having access to life

Mike Wood, chief actuary, IDBI Fortis said, the unique feature of this product is affordability. The customers can pay in four convenient premium slabs of Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 150 and Rs 200. However, the benefit in terms of sum assured will be Rs 10,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.

He said, an integrated model bringing micro-and micro-insurance has been evolved with Sambandh, the micro-branch of RRDC, in charge of covering lives of the people who avail micro-facilities from it. Murali Iyer, national head (agency and alliances) said, it is a single premium product and the life cover will be for three years. Livinus Kindo, founder, RRDC said, the Sambandh initiative started in 2006 and about Rs 9.3 crore was disbursed to 4000 beneficiaries by the end of the last fiscal. The rate of recovery in case of micro-finance loans has been about 100 percent with the average size of the loans being Rs 10,000. In the next five year, RRDC plans to expand the coverage of the micro-finance facility to 1,50,000 households.

First Published: Wed, September 02 2009. 00:17 IST
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