Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) has imposed a fine of Rs 100,000 (Rs 1 lakh) on New India Assurance. The penalty came from a case of non-refund of Mediclaim to a policy holder. The insured person, Shri Hemendra Mehta, was staying abroad and refund was refused on this ground. When Shri Mehta emailed New Assurance India that refund can be considered for the period of stay outside India during the policy period, they didn't respond (Email dated 24.11.2009).
So the matter was taken up by IRDA and the regulatory body decided to penalize New India Assurance. With this, the IRDA has once again exemplified the tight regulatory control over the insurance companies. Not too long ago, SBI life faced IRDA's ire. (Read the whole article here).
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