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THE GENERAL INSURANCE BUSINESS (NATIONALISATION) ACT, 1972

Title : THE GENERAL INSURANCE BUSINESS (NATIONALISATION) ACT, 1972

Year : 1972



(1) As soon as may be after the commencement of this Act, the Central Government shall form a Government company in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, to be known as the General Insurance Corporation of India for the purpose of superintending, controlling and carrying on the business of general insurance.

1*[Provided that on and from the commencement of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Act, 2002, the provisions of this sub-section shall have effect as if for the words "superintending, controlling and carrying on the business of general insurance", the words "carrying on re-insurance business" had been substituted.]

(2) The authorised capital of the Corporation shall be 2*[rupees two hundred and fifty crores, divided into two hundred and fifty lakhs fully paid-up shares] of one hundred rupees each, out of which rupees five crores shall be the initial subscribed capital of the Corporation:

1*[Provided that the Central Government may, by notification, increase or reduce the authorised capital or subscribed capital, as the case may be, as it deems fit.]

(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956), it shall not be necessary to add the word "Limited" as the last word of the name of the Corporation.

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1. Inserted by Act 40 of 2002, section 2.

2. Substituted by Act 38 of 1989, section 2, for certain words (w.e.f. 22-10-1989).

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(1) All the shares in the capital of every Indian insurance company which stand transferred to and vested in the Central Government by virtue of section 4 [with the exception of the shares transferred to any person under sub-section (2) of that section] shall immediately after such vesting, stand transferred to and vested in the Corporation and every Indian insurance company shall forthwith give effect to such transfer of shares and rectify its register of members by including therein the Corporation as the holder of such shares.

10A -1* Transfer to Central Government of shares vested in Corporation

All the shares in the capital of the acquiring companies, being-

(a) The National Insurance Company Limited;

(b) The New India Assurance Company Limited;

(c) The Oriental Insurance Company Limited;

(d) The United India Insurance Company Limited,and vested in the Corporation before the commencement of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Act, 2002 shall, on such commencement, stand transferred to the Central Government. ]

10B - 2* Enhancement of equity capital of General Insurance companies

The General Insurance Corporation and the insurance companies specified in section 10A may, raise their capital for increasing their business in rural and social sectors, to meet solvency margin and such other purposes, as the Central Government may empower in this behalf:

Provided that the shareholding of the Central Government shall not be less than fifty one per cent. at any time.]

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1. Inserted by Act 40 of 2002, section 3.

2. Inserted by the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Act, 2015 w.e.f. 26.12.2014.

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Last updated on July, 2016

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