Authority : Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority

Circular No. : IRDAI/F&I/CIR/INV/065/03/2021

Date : 31.03.2021

Dividend criteria for equity investment under "Approved Investment"

Considering the representations made by Life and General Insurance Councils, the Authority in exercise of the powers conferred under Regulation 14(2) of the IRDAI [Investments] Regulations, 2016, hereby permits Insurers to classify investments in Preference Shares and Equity Shares as a part of "Approved Investment" if such Shares have paid dividend "for at least 2 years out of 3 consecutive years immediately preceding" instead of "for at least 2 consecutive years immediately preceding" [as required under Regulation 3(a)(4) and 3(a)(5) of IRDAI (Investment) Regulations, 20160 for the period from 1st April, 2020 to 30th Sep, 2021.

(SN Jayasimhan)