Duties, Powers and Functions of IRDA
Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions contained in sub-section (1) of IRDA Act, the powers and functions of the Authority shall include:
► Issuing a certificate of registration to the applicant as well as modify, renew, withdraw, suspend or cancel any such registration that is deemed unfit.
► Protecting the interests of the policyholders in matters concerning assigning of insurance policy, nomination by policyholders, settlement of insurance claim, insurable interest, surrender value of policy and other terms and conditions based on contracts of insurance.
► Specifying requisite qualifications, practical training and code of conduct for insurance intermediaries, insurance brokers and agents.
► Specifying the code of conduct for surveyors and loss assessors.
► Promotion of efficiency in the conduct of insurance business.
► Promoting and regulating professional organizations connected with the insurance and re-insurance business across India.
► Levying fees, commission and other charges for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
► Calling for data or information from, undertaking inspection of, conducting enquiries and investigations, conducting audit of the insurers, intermediaries, insurance intermediaries and other organizations connected with the insurance business.
► Under section 64U of the Insurance Act, 1938 (4 of 1938), controlling and regulation of the rates, advantages, terms and conditions etc that may be offered by insurers (or Insurance Companies) in respect of general insurance business not so controlled and regulated by the Tariff Advisory Committee.
► Specifying the manner and form in which books of account shall be maintained and statement of accounts, financial statements etc shall be rendered by insurers and other insurance intermediaries.
► Keeping a tab, exercising control and regulating investment of funds by insurance companies.
► Regulating the maintenance of margin of solvency by the Insurers.
► Adjudication of disputes between insurers and intermediaries or insurance intermediaries, hospitals, healthcare organizations or with customers.
► To effectively supervise the functioning of the Tariff Advisory Committee.
► Specifying the percentage of premium income of the insurer to finance schemes for promoting and regulating professional organizations referred to in clause (f);
► Specifying the percentage of life insurance business and general (or non-life) insurance business to be undertaken by the insurance company in the rural or social sector.
► Exercising any such other powers that may be prescribed with passage of time.