In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires - (a) "Act" means the Insurance Act, 1938 (4 of 1938);
(b) "Authority" means the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority established under the provisions of section 3 of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999 (41 of 1999);
(c) "Rural sector" shall mean any place as per the latest census which has-
(i) a population of not more than five thousand;
(ii) a density of population of not more than four hundred per square kilometer; and
(iii) at least seventy five per cent. of the male working population is engaged in agriculture.
(d) "Social sector" includes unorganised sector, informal sector, economically vulnerable or backward classes and other categories of persons, both in rural and urban areas;
(e) "Unorganised sector" includes self-employed workers such as agricultural labourers, bidi workers, brick kiln workers, carpenters, cobblers, construction workers, fishermen, hamals, handicraft artisans, handloom and khadi workers, lady tailors, leather and tannery workers, papad makers, powerloom workers, physically handicapped self-employed persons, primary milk producers, rickshaw pullers, safai karmacharis, salt growers, seri culture workers, sugarcane cutters, tendu leaf collectors, toddy tappers, vegetable vendors, washerwomen, working women in hills, or such other categories of persons.,
(f) "economically vulnerable or backward classes" means persons who live below the poverty line;
(g) "other categories of persons" includes persons with disability as defined in the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights, and Full Participation) Act, 1995 and who may not be gainfully employed; and also includes guardians who need insurance to protect spastic persons or persons with disability;
(h) All words and expressions used herein and not defined herein but defined in the Insurance Act, 1938 (4 of 1938), or in theInsurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999 (41 of 1999), shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in those Acts.
2. Obligations--- Every insurer, who begins to carry on insurance business after the commencement of the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999 (41 of 1999), shall, for the purposes of sections 32B and 32C of the Act, ensure that he undertakes the following obligations, during the first five financial years, pertaining to the persons in---
(a) rural sector,
(i) in respect of a life insurer, --
(I) five per cent. in the first financial year;
(II) seven per cent. in the second financial year;
(III) ten per cent. in the third financial year;
(IV) twelve per cent. in the fourth financial year;
(V) fiften per cent. in the fifth year;
of total policies written direct in that year;
(ii) in respect of a general insurer,--
(I) two per cent. in the first financial year;
(II) three per cent. in the second financial year;
(III) five per cent. thereafter,
of total gross premium income written direct in that year.
(b) social sector, in respect of all insurers, --
(I) five thousand lives in the first financial year;
(II) seven thousand five hundred lives in the second financial year;
(III) ten thousand lives in the third financial year;
(IV) fifteen thousand lives in the fourth financial year;
(V) twenty thousand lives in the fifth year;
Provided that in the first financial year, where the period of operation is less than twelve months, proportionate percentage or number of lives, as the case may be, shall be undertaken.
Provided further that, in case of a general insurer, the obligations specified shall include insurance for crops.
Provided further that the Authority may normally, once in every five years, prescribe or revise the obligations as specified in Regulation 3.
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