IRDA tells insurers to ignore SEBI ban on ULIPs

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New Delhi, Apr 11: A day after Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) banned the sale of UILPs by 14 major life insurance companies, IRDA has told the insurance companies to ignore the SEBI ban.

Unit-linked equity products (ULIPs) are insurance plans sold by life insurers where the money collected from consumers is invested into equity and debt markets and returns are linked to the same.

IRDA Chairman J Hari Narayan in a signed order has asserted that it is IRDA which will control the ULIPs, which are issued by the insurance companies.

Narayan said the market regulator's action would jeopardise the financial position of the insurers and also upset financial stability.

He further advised that companies should carry out insurance business as usual, including marketing and servicing of ULIPs

Earlier, SEBI had banned 14 life insurance companies, including those belonging to the Tatas, Reliance Anil Ambani Group, SBI, ICICI Bank and HDFC, citing that ULIPs have been launched without the consent of regulator.

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