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Composition of Authority - IRDA
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Composition of Authority – IRDA

Composition of Authority

The Authority shall consist of the following member, namely

  • A Chairperson;
  • Not more than five whole-time members;
  • Not more than four part-time members,

All of them are to be appointed by the Central Government from amongst persons of ability, integrity and standing who have knowledge or experience in life Insurance, general insurance, actuarial science, finance, economics, law, accountancy, administration or any other discipline, which would in the opinion of the Central Government, be useful to the Authority;

As per the Act the Central Government while appointing8 the Chairperson and the whole-time members must ensure that at least one person each is a person having knowledge or experience in life insurance, general insurance or actuarial science respectively.

Tenure of office of Chairperson and other members

The Chairperson and every other whole-time member shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office and shall be eligible for reappointment:

However, no person shall hold office as such Chairperson after he has attained the age of sixty-five years and no person shall hold office as such whole-time member after he has attained the age of sixty-two years. A part-time member shall hold office for a term not exceeding five years from the date on which he enters upon his office. A member can (a) Relinquish his office by giving in writing to the Central Government notice of not less than three months; or be removed from his office in accordance with the following provisions.

Removal from office

The Central Government may remove from office any member who:

  • Is, or at any time has been, adjudged as insolvent;
  • Has become physically or mentally Incapable of acting as a member;
  • Has been convicted of any offense which, in the opinion of the Central Government, involves moral turpitude
  • Has acquired such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially his functions as a member
  • Has so abused his position as to render his continuation in office detrimental to the public interest.
  • No such member shall be removed under clause (d) or clause
  • Unless he has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard in the matter.

Bar on future employment of members

The Chairperson and the whole-time members shall not, for a period of two years from the date on which they cease to hold office as such, except with the previous approval of the Central Government, accept:

  • Any employment either under the Central Government or under any State Government; or
  • Any appointment in any company in the Insurance sector.

Administrative powers of Chairperson

The Chairperson shall have the powers of general Superintendence and direction in respect of al administrative matters of the Authority.

Meeting of Authority

The Authority shall meet at such times and places, and shall observe such rules and procedures In regard to transaction of business at its meetings (including quorum at such meetings) as may be determined by regulations. The Chairperson, or if for any reason he is unable to attend a meeting of the Authority, any other member chosen by the members present from amongst themselves at the meeting shall preside at the meeting. All questions which come up before any meeting of the Authority shall be decided by a majority vote of the members present and voting, and in the event of equality of votes, the Chairperson, or in his absence, the person presiding shall have a second or casting vote. The Authority may make regulations for the transaction of business at its meetings.

Officers and employees of Authority

The Authority may appoint officers and such other employees as it considers necessary for the efficient discharge of its functions under this Act. The terms and other conditions of service of officers and other employees of the Authority shall be governed by regulations made under this Act.

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