After increasing the FDI cap in the Multi-brand Retail sector, Aviation sector, Power Trading, and Broadcasting sector, the Indian Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) is strongly expected to raise the FDI ceiling in the Insurance and Pension sectors and the Pharmaceutical sector of India. A robust proposal for raising FDI threshold to 49% in the Insurance sector from the existing limit of 26%, has been submitted to the cabinet for proper approval in the quickest possible period. Such an increment in the FDI ceiling in the insurance sector of India, will certainly be highly and greatly appreciated by domestic and foreign insurance companies, for the purpose of expanding and enriching their insurance and re-insurance businesses under diverse insurance categories. More information regarding the insurance sector of India, is separately offered in the following section in details. Here, it may be noted that, the existing limit of foreign direct investment in the insurance sector of India, which is just 26%, is permitted to be made through the Automatic Route with proper license from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) of India. It means that a foreign investor cannot acquire more that 26% stake in the private insurance companies anywhere in India. As in all other economic sectors of India, ours prestigious and globally reputed law firm well-based in India, has been providing perfect and swift legal services for secure and profitable foreign direct investment in the insurance sector of India or abroad, for a long successful period.
Described explicitly in the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India, Insurance is one of the significant economic sectors of the country, which at present has extensive scope for expansion and development, to be at par with the insurance sectors in developed countries of the world. Progressing fast with an average yearly growth rate of over 30%, the current worth of Indian insurance industry is about $41 billion. Based on these statistical facts, the insurance industry of India has been ranked as the fifth largest and booming insurance market in the whole world. At present, merely two million Indians are covered under any insurance schemes like Mediclaim, which is just 0.2% of the total Indian population of one billion. In developed countries like USA, this percentage is about 75%. Hence, there is vast scope for development and refinement in the insurance sector of India in future times. But, at present, only about 50 life insurance and general insurance companies are active in the insurance sector of India. For such purposes, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) of India requires a capital infusion amounting to over US $12 billion in the next five years, by domestic and foreign insurance companies.