The All India Insurance Employees Association (AIIEA) which refers to be the major union in the public sector general insurance companies is now asking for a merger of four companies for the rapid growth.
Sanjay Jha, Secretary Standing committee (General Insurance, AIIEA), said, “The central government is planning to merge three non-life insurance companies — United India Insurance, Oriental Insurance and National Insurance — barring New India Assurance.
Mr. Jha further added that the union is happy with the concept of the merger but the New India Assurance company should also be added in the same.“The merger of all the four companies would prevent unhealthy competition amongst them, reduce marketing expenses. That apart, the risk retention capacity will increase for the merged entity thereby saving foreign exchange in terms of reinsurance premium outgo,”
As per the business figures that are released by the insurance regulatory authority, all these four public sector general insurance companies had earned around Rs 59,357.92 crore of premium in the last fiscal.
On asking about the post-merger and its effects, Mr. Jha said that the number of branches may go down and the staff may be deployed. But it is for a short time only, after the merger, the business will grow and will be able to open new branches and adding staff members every year just like LIC (Life Corporation Of India).