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The Government has enacted the Right to Information Act, 2005. The RTI Act is meant to give to the citizens of India access to information under control of public authorities to promote transparency and accountability in these organisations.
The IRDA is a public authority as defined in the RTI Act. As such, the IRDA is obliged to provide information to members of public in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
The right to information includes access to the information which is held by or under the control of any public authority and includes the right to inspect the work, document, records, taking notes, extracts or certified copies of documents / records and certified samples of the materials and obtaining information which is also stored in electronic form.
The IRDA maintains a website which is updated regularly. The regulator has provided for a separate channel for lodging complaints against deficiency of services rendered by Insurance Companies. If you have a complaint/grievance against an insurance company for poor quality of service rendered by any of its offices/branches, please approach the Nodal Officer of the Insurance Company concerned. In case you are not satisfied with the Insurance Company’s response you may also file a complaint with the Insurance Ombudsman in your State. The Insurance Ombudsman is an independent office to provide speedy and cost effective resolution of grievances to the customers. For more details on Insurance Ombudsman Scheme and their contact numbers, please visit https://www.irdaindia.org/ins_ombusman.htm.
Complaints from policyholders
Policyholders who have complaints against insurers are required to first approach the Grievance/Customer Complaints Cell of the concerned insurer. If they do not receive a response from insurer(s) within a reasonable period of time or are dissatisfied with the response of the company, they may approach the Grievance Cell of the IRDA. For details of contact, please visit IRDA website https://irdaho/irdaweb/grievancescell.htm
Making application under RTI Act
Citizens will have to make the request for information in writing, clearly specifying the information sought under the RTI Act, 2005. The application for request should give the contact details (postal address, telephone number, fax number, email address) so that the applicants can be contacted for clarifications or for further information. As per the Act, information can be furnished only to citizens of India but not to others.
How do I send my application?
As per the RTI (Regulation of Fee and Cost) Rules, a request for obtaining information needs to be accompanied by an application fee of Rs.10 by way of cash against proper receipt or by DD or bankers’ cheque.
You could send your request by post accompanied by the application fee of Rs.10/- payable by demand draft or bankers’ cheque favouring IRDA. The fee can also be paid in cash along with the application. Applications can also be made over fax or email. IRDA will take up the application for consideration, as required under the Act, only after the application fee has been received.
How long will IRDA take to provide information?
IRDA will, within 30 days of receipt of the application for information along with the fee, communicate to the requestor whether it can or cannot provide the information.
Will I have to pay to get the information?
The public authority shall charge:
To provide information further, the public authority shall charge:
At what stage will I have to pay this cost?
If IRDA has the information and can provide it to you it will, within 30 days of its receiving the application along with appropriate fees, communicate to you the cost of providing the information.
When will I get the information?
You will get the information, once IRDA receives the payment towards providing the information.
Can IRDA refuse to give me information?
The RTI Act exempts certain categories of information from disclosures. These include:
Do I have a right to appeal?
Under the RTI Act, you have the right to appeal if you are not satisfied with the information provided by IRDA or its decision not to provide the information requested.
What if I am not satisfied even with the decision of the appellate authority?
Under the Act, if you are not satisfied with the decision of the appellate authority within IRDA, you can appeal to the Central Information Commissioner appointed in terms of Chapter 3 of the Right to Information Act, 2005.