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  • Last Updated : 05 Aug, 2022
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Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is an insurance scheme that provides accidental coverage to the poor and the underprivileged sections of society. During his budget statement in February 2015, finance minister Arun Jaitley proposed the plan for accidental death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched this scheme on 9th May 2015. 

Objectives of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana:

The objective of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is to increase the level of insurance penetration in the nation and to offer insurance coverage and financial assistance to members of the underprivileged sections of society in the event of an accident or tragedy.

Features of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana:

  • The Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is available to Indian citizens and NRIs who have bank accounts and are between the ages of 18 and 70.
  • The annual premium is Rs. 12 per member (now increased to Rs. 20, effective from 1st June 2022), and it is deducted from the bank account by auto-debit in one lump sum.
  • This scheme provides insurance cover for a full year from 1 June to 31 May.
  • The Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is exempt from the GST.
  • A nominee can get benefit from the program in the event of the death of an account holder.
  • The Public Sector General Insurance Companies (PSGIC) and other General Insurance firms that are willing to provide the product on identical terms with the required approvals and partner with Banks for this purpose would be the ones offering and administering the scheme.

Benefits under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana:

  • All account holders of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana receive a life insurance policy with a coverage amount of Rs. 2 lakh for a year in case of accidental death or permanent disability.
  • The policyholder will receive insurance cover worth Rs. 1 lakh in the case of a partial disability.

Eligibility Criteria of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana:

  • Anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 can apply for this scheme.
  • He or she must have a bank account, with a phone number associated with it.
  • When applying for the program, the person must provide their Aadhaar information. This Aadhaar information would be connected to their bank account.
  • If a person has multiple bank accounts, only one of those accounts may be used to join the program.
  • If the claimant is an NRI, only Indian rupees would be given to the nominee as payment for the claim benefits.

Termination Criteria of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana:

Any of the following conditions can result in the cancellation of membership under this scheme:

  • Upon turning 70 years old.
  • Account closure with the bank or insufficient funds to maintain the active insurance.
  • If the insurance coverage is terminated for any administrative or technical reasons, such as an unpaid balance on the due date, it may be reinstated upon receipt of the entire annual premium, subject to any conditions that may be established. The risk cover will be suspended during this time, and the Insurance Company will have the exclusive decision to resume the risk cover. 
  • If a member has insurance coverage through many accounts and the insurance company unintentionally receives the payment, the insurance coverage will be limited to one account and the premium will be lost.

Achievements of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana:

  • As of now, there have been more than 28.37 million cumulative enrollments under this scheme, and a total of 97,227 claims worth Rs. 1,930 crores have been paid out.
  • Women make up around 41.50 percent of total enrollment in this program, while they make up 61.29 percent of those who receive benefits.

Related Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

Q1. When was the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana launched?

Ans: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana on 9th May 2015. It is an insurance scheme that provides accidental coverage to the poor and the underprivileged sections of society.

Q2. How much is the Accidental Coverage Provided under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana?

Ans: Under this scheme, a policyholder will receive a coverage amount of Rs. 2 lakh for a year in case of accidental death or permanent disability and insurance cover worth Rs. 1 lakh in the case of a partial disability.

Q3. What is the Premium Amount under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana?

Ans: The annual premium amount under this scheme is Rs. 12 per member (now increased to Rs. 20, effective from 1st June 2022), and it is deducted from the bank account by auto-debit in one lump sum.

Q4. Who is eligible under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana?

Ans: Anyone between the ages of 18 and 70 can apply for this scheme. He or she must have a bank account, with a phone number associated with it and the person must provide their Aadhaar information.

Q5. What is the objective of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana?

Ans: The objective of the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is to increase the level of insurance penetration in the nation and to offer insurance coverage and financial assistance to members of the underprivileged sections of society in the event of an accident or tragedy.

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