National Insurance Company Ltd. COMPANY PROFILE
National Insurance Company Limited was incorporated in 1906 with its Registered office in Kolkata. Consequent to passing of the General Insurance Business Nationalisation Act in 1972, 21 Foreign and 11 Indian Companies were amalgamated with it and National became a subsidiary of General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) which is fully owned by the Government of India. After the notification of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Act, on 7th August 2002, National has been de-linked from its holding company GIC and presently operating as a Government of India undertaking.
National Insurance Company Ltd (NIC) is one of the leading public sector insurance companies of India, carrying out non life insurance business. Headquartered in Kolkata, NIC's network of about 1000 offices, manned by more than 16,000 skilled personnel, is spread over the length and breadth of the country covering remote rural areas, townships and metropolitan cities. NIC's foreign operations are carried out from its branch offices in Nepal and Hong Kong.
Befittingly, the product ranges, of more than 180 policies offered by NIC cater to the diverse insurance requirements of its 10 million policyholders. Innovative and customized policies ensure that even specialized insurance requirements are fully taken care of.
The paid-up share capital of National is Rs.100 crores. Starting off with a premium base of 500 million rupees (50 crores rupees) in 1974, NIC's gross direct premium income has steadily grown to 35236.7 million rupees (3523.67 crores rupees ) in the financial year 2005-2006.
National transacts general insurance business of Fire, Marine and Miscellaneous insurance. The Company offers protection against a wide range of risks to its customers. The Company is privileged to cater its services to almost every sector or industry in the Indian Economy viz.
Banking, Telecom, Aviation, Shipping, Information Technology, Power, Oil & Energy, Agronomy, Plantations, Foreign Trade, Healthcare, Tea, Automobile, Education, Environment, Space Research etc.
While NIC has a significant market share in the non life insurance business all over the country, NIC has a large market presence in Northern and Eastern India making it the market leader in these two zones.
The steady growth in premium income has been commensurately matched by profits over the years. As of March 2006, NIC's general reserve stood at 11085.8 million rupees (1108.58 crores rupees) with an asset value of 138064.4 million rupees (13806.44 crores rupees) signaling strong financial fundamentals. No wonder than that NIC has been accorded “AAA/STABLE” financial strength rating by CRISIL rating agency, which reflects the highest financial strength to meet policyholders’ obligations.