IRDA Current Affairs - 2019

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FM chairs 20th Meeting of FSDC

The 20th Meeting of Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was held under the Chairmanship of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs.

Key Highlights of Meeting

The Meeting reviewed current global and domestic economic situation, overall macro-economic situation and financial stability issues including those concerning Banking and Non Banking Financial Company (NBFC).

Council was also informed about progress made towards setting-up of Financial Data Management Centre (FDMC) under the aegis of FSDC, so as to facilitate integrated data aggregation and analysis as also a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-Fin) towards strengthening cyber security framework for financial sector.

Council also held consultations to obtain inputs and suggestions of Financial Regulators for Union Budget 2019-20. All the regulators presented their proposals for upcoming Budget. The financial sector regulators includes- SEBI (Capital Market), RBI (Monetary Sector), IRDA (Insurance), PFRDA (Pension) and IBC (Insolvency & Bankruptcy).

Council also took note of activities undertaken by FSDC Sub-Committee which is chaired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor and action taken by Members on decisions taken in earlier Meetings of FSDC.

What is Financial Stability and Development Council?

The FSDC was constituted in December 2010. It is apex body of sectoral regulators and not a statutory body.

Objective: to strengthen and institutionalise mechanism for maintaining financial stability, promoting financial sector development and enhancing inter-regulatory coordination.

Function: Among other things, it deals with issues relating to financial stability, financial literacy, financial inclusion, financial sector development, inter–regulatory coordination and macro prudential supervision of economy which also includes functioning of large financial conglomerates. No separate funds are allocated to Council for undertaking its activities.

FSDC Sub-Committee: It deliberates on agenda items proposed by any member of FSDC Council which mainly include matters relating to financial stability, inter-regulatory coordination, and financial sector development.

Finance Ministry constitutes committee to consolidate regulation of pension products

The Union Finance Ministry has constituted a high-level committee to consolidate the regulation of pension products that is currently being done by three different watchdogs including insurance and stock market regulators.

The committee would have representatives from all financial sector regulators SEBI, IRDA, RBI and PFRDA. Its mandate will be to look into the issue of bringing these companies which are offering pension plans under different regulators under the purview of PFRDA.

Note

  • PFRDA: Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.
  • SEBI: Securities and Exchange Board of India.
  • IRDA: Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India.
  • RBI: Reserve Bank of India.

Why there is need to consolidate regulation of pension products?

The PFRDA Act says that PFRDA will be the pension regulator in the country. Currently, pension products floated by insurance companies and those sold by mutual funds are under purview of IRDA and SEBI respectively. Thus, there are cases of overlapping functions performed by financial sector regulators SEBI, IRDA, RBI and PFRDA in case of floating different pension products. For instance PFRDA is regulating all pension products in the country. However, insurers and mutual funds continue to sell pension products outside PFRDA’s watch.  The PFRDA Act says that PFRDA will be the pension regulator in the country.

About Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)

  • PFRDA is a statuary pension regulatory authority established in 2003 under the PFRDA Act.
  • It functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Finance, Department of Financial Services.
  • PFRDA promotes old age income security by establishing, developing and regulating pension funds.
  • It also protects interests of subscribers to schemes of pension funds and related matters.
  • It is responsible for appointment of various intermediate agencies such as Central Record Keeping Agency (CRA), Custodian, Pension Fund Managers, NPS Trustee Bank, etc.