"The claim settlement ratio of LIC was better than that of the private life insurers," Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority said in its annual report.
     
Life Insurance Corporation posted claim settlement ratio of 97.73 percent last fiscal, as compared to 97.42 percent in 2011-12. For private insurers, the settlement ratio had gone down to 88.65 percent in 2012-13, as compared to 89.34 percent during the previous year, Irda said.
     
It further revealed that private sector insurance firms have been rejecting about 8 per cent of the claims as against 1.12 percent by the LIC.
     
According to Irda, there were 3.47 per cent claims sought from private insurance companies were pending at the end of the year. The similar figure for LIC was 1.04 percent.
     
There are about two dozen private life insurance firms in India and the larger ones include ICICI Prudential Life, HDFC Standard Life and Reliance Life.
     
The life insurance industry recorded a premium income of over Rs 2.87 lakh crore during 2012-13, up 0.05 per cent over the previous fiscal.
     
While private sector insurers posted 6.87 percent decline in premium income, LIC recorded 2.92 percent growth in 2012-13 compared to the previous fiscal.

 (Agencies)

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