Competition Commission has imposed a penalty of Rs 251.07 crore on New India Assurance, Rs 162.8 crore on National #Insurance, Rs 156.62 crore on United India Insurance and Rs 100.56 crore on Oriental Insurance, respectively.
The order follows a probe by CCI into charges of cartelisation by the four #public sector insurance companies in rigging the bids submitted in response to the tenders floated by the government of Kerala for selecting insurance service provider for Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY).
CCI began looking into the matter following an anonymous information received by it against the four general insurers. It was alleged in the anonymous information that these four rigged the tender floated by the Kerala government on November 18, 2009 for selecting insurance service provider for implementation of the ‘Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna’ for the year 2010-11.
It was also alleged that they formed a cartel and quoted higher premium rates in response to the tender. CCI said its investigating arm, Director General, conducted a detailed investigation into the actions of the four insurers relating to the tenders issued by the Kerala government in the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 for the implementation of RSBY and Comprehensive #Health Insurance Scheme (CHIS).
Fair trade regulator CCI on Thursday imposed Rs 671-crore penalty on four state-run insurance companies-National Insurance, New India Assurance, Oriental Insurance and United India Insurance-for cartelisation and indulging in anti-competitive practices.