Road accidents are one of the leading causes of death, disabilities and hospitalization in India. As per the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, India ranks first in the number of road accident deaths across the 199 countries and accounts for almost 11% of the accident-related deaths in the World.
If we go by the Road Accident Reports of 2019, a total number of 449,002 accidents took place in the country during the calendar year 2019leading to 151,113 deaths and 451,361 injuries.
**Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
Considering this situation, most people opt for Accidental Insurance. However, the poor do not have the privilege of buying Accidental Insurance due to their high premiums.
To help the people in securing their family's needs, the government has announced the social security scheme Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY).
Launched in 2015, the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is a government-backed accident insurance scheme that covers accidental death, permanent disability, and partial disablement.
The Scheme is available to those people who give their consent to join/enable auto-debit on or before 31st May for the coverage period 1st June to 31st May on an annual renewal basis. Let's read more about the plan:
|Eligible Age||18 years-70 years|
|Annual Premium||Rs. 12|
|Maximum Sum Assured||Rs. 2 Lakhs|
It is a low priced policy that helps the less-privileged people to ensure their and their family's financial security if they die or get injured in an accident.
The policy comes with an Auto-debit option, under which the premium is debited every year. Also, the plan offers the convenience of easy entry & exit.
The benefits of this scheme are as follows:
|Allahabad Bank||Axis Bank||Bank of India||Bank of Maharashtra|
|Bharatiya Mahila Bank||Canara Bank||Central Bank||Corporation Bank|
|Dena Bank||Federal Bank||HDFC Bank||ICICI Bank|
|IDBI Bank||IndusInd Bank||Kerala Gramin Bank||Kotak Bank|
|Oriental Bank of Commerce||Punjab and Sind Bank||Punjab National Bank||South Indian Bank|
|State Bank of Hyderabad||State Bank of India||State Bank of Travancore||Syndicate Bank|
|UCO Bank||Union Bank of India||United Bank of India||Vijaya Bank|
|Reliance General Insurance||Bajaj Allianz General Insurance||Kotak Mahindra General Insurance Co. Ltd.|
|Universal Sompo General Insurance Co. Ltd.||Cholamandalam MS General Insurance Co. Ltd.||The Oriental Insurance Co. Ltd.|
|United India Insurance Co. Ltd.||National Insurance Co. Ltd.||TATA AIG General Insurance Co. Ltd.|
|The New India Assurance Co. Ltd.||Future Generali India Insurance Co. Ltd|
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Follow the below-mentioned steps to apply for the scheme:
Immediately after the occurrence of an accident, the beneficiary needs to submit the duly completed form to the concerned bank branch/post office within 30 days.
The following documents needed to be submitted:
The bank/ post office will then check and verify if the claim is for disability or death. Also, the account of the insured member will be checked to confirm auto-debit particulars and the account details, nomination, debiting of premium/remittance etc.
The bank/post office, after checking the KYC documents of the claimant, will forward the claim documents electronically to the designated email id/app of the partner Insurer within seven days of the submission of the claim.
The Term Insurance Company will verify if that premium has been remitted for the Insured and whether the Insured is included in the list of insured persons in the master policy.
Once verified, claims will be processed within seven days of their receipt from the bank/post office. The admissible claim amount will be remitted to the bank/post office account of the insured or the claimant, as the case may be.
For a better picture of how PMSBY settles claims, take a look at the below graph:
Claim Settlement Statistics of Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana
**Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
The accident insurance cover will be terminated under the following circumstances: