IB reduces cost of riot, protest insurance products

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jul 7, 2017-

Insurance Board (IB), the insurance sector regulator, has reduced premiums on insurance products that cover damages inflicted by riots, strike, malicious attacks and sabotage terrorism by up to 50 percent. 

The new premium rates will come into effect on July 16. The IB had made it mandatory for those buying insurance products to protect themselves from risks related to riots, strikes and acts of terror after the Maoist insurgency reached its peak. 

The regulator has now reduced the premium on coverage of these risks following decline in the number of such violent incidents. 

IB Director Shree Man Karki said the board had revised the premium rates to relieve customers from extra financial burden, as cases of riots, protests and acts of terrorism are not heard very often.

The IB has reduced premium on riot and strike insurance coverage for private and commercial buildings to 0.02 percent of the coverage amount from 0.026 percent of the coverage amount.

Similarly, premiums on riot and strike insurance coverage for warehouses range from 0.035 to 0.060 percent of the coverage amount. 

Previously, the premiums on these products ranged between 0.044-0.08 percent. 

Premium on riot and strike coverage for factories, on the other hand, has been reduced to 0.04 percent from 0.05 percent of the coverage amount. 

Likewise, premium on riot and strike coverage for shops has been reduced to 0.08 percent (down from 0.104 percent) of the coverage amount. 

For movie theatres, exhibition halls and parks, premium has been brought down to 0.05 percent of the coverage amount (down from 0.07 percent), while media houses and telecom companies have to pay a premium of 0.035 percent of the coverage amount (down from 0.044 percent) to protect their assets from risks related to riot and strike.

The IB has also revised premiums on riot and strike insurance coverage for power houses, electricity transmission and distribution systems, and buildings under construction. 

As per the revised rate, power houses and electricity transmission and distribution systems will have to pay a premium of 0.035 percent of the coverage amount, while buildings under construction will have to pay premium of 0.02 percent of the coverage amount. 

Likewise, the IB has reduced the premium for malicious damage under fire insurance policy to 0.05 percent of the coverage amount. 

The IB has also fixed the premium for household insurance at 0.1 percent of the coverage amount. 

IB revises accident premium

KATHMANDU: The Insurance Board has revised premium on personal accident insurance coverage. From July 16, personal accident insurance product with coverage of up to Rs2 million can be bought upon paying 0.01 percent of the coverage amount. Currently, this premium rate is only applicable for personal accident insurance with coverage of up to Rs1 million. (PR)

Published: 07-07-2017 08:48

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