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Monday, June 22, 2020

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES GROUP INSURANCE SCHEME(CGEGIS)

No.NC/JCM/2020                                                                                                    Date: June 18, 2020

The Secretary,
Department of Personnel & Training,
(Government of India),
North Block,  New Delhi-110001

Dear Sir,

Sub: Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme(CGEGIS)
Ref.: (i) Customized CGEGIS, Dept. of Expenditure, MoF’s OM dated 07.12.2018
         (ii) Brief on Customized Group Insurance Scheme (Dept. of Expenditure 06.05.2019)
        (iii) Brief Note on CGEGIS (DoPT 06.05.2019)
        (iv) Revised proposal for LIC’s customized Group Insurance(GI) for Central Government
Employees (13.09.2019)

1.                   Revision of Central Government Employees Group Insurance Scheme (CGEGIS) is long overdue since the rates of Sum Assured and the premium thereof continues to be the same since it was decided in 1990 inspite of much inflation and devaluation of money.

2.1.       Arising out of 7th CPC recommendations and based on JCM (Staff Side) representation, the Union Cabinet had asked the Ministry of Finance to work out a Customized Group Insurance Scheme for Central Government Employees with low premium and high risk cover.

2.2.       Staff Side had pointed out that the existing Scheme of CGEGIS is having a proven system. It is good except for non-revision of the scheme since 1990.

2.3.       Subsequently, some of the Customized Group Insurance Scheme for Central Government Employees prepared by LIC was shared with the JCM (Staff Side).

3.                   Main drawbacks in LIC proposals: Staff Side finds following major flaws in the proposal submitted by LIC to Department of Expenditure:

3.1               LIC has not given any proposal for the sum assured of 50 lakh, 25 lakh and 15 lakh at lesser subscription compared to the recommended by 7th CPC, as advised by the Cabinet.

3.2               The existing system of CGEGIS is a self-financing scheme, having non-transferable consolidated fund. When handed over to LIC, it will be treated as a profit centre. Hence subscription and other conditions will be changed to provide profit to LIC.

3.3               LIC has proposed a premium(for insurance) 20% higher than 7th CPC recommendations. In addition to that,18% GST on the Subscription have to be borne by employees. Hence, employee will end up in contributing subscription 41.6% more than the recommendations of the 7th CPC.

3.4               LIC’s proposal of revising the subscription every year will be disadvantageous to the employee and as such not acceptable to the Staff Side. 

3.5               LIC’s proposal of age based subscription increases monthly subscription by 4.28 times. It may result in different rates of premium for employees belonging to different age group working in the same pay level.

3.6               LIC also proposed for higher subscription if total number of employees covered in the scheme comes down. This will bring in total uncertainty as staff strength on roll continues to fluctuate due to retirement etc. and non-filling of vacancies.

3.7               LIC asked for transfer of existing corpus (around Rs.500 crore) which was most unreasonableunprecedented and undesirable, particularly since it does not provide any matching relief to the employees in terms of lower premium.

3.8               Premium proposed to be charged by LIC was too high ,considering a very large group employees to be covered with a sanctioned strength of nearly 38.6 lakh Central Government employees in the CGEGIS.

3.9            a) In LIC’s Jeevan Amar Life Term Assurance Plan (UIN: 512N332V01), for the assured sum of Rs. 50 Lakh at the entry age of 20, annual premium is Rs.4,356, at the entry age of 30,it is Rs. 6,952. (The sample illustrative premiums for Jeevan Amar life term assurance plan is attached as Annexure-I).

b) Even after adding for Saving Fund under CGEGIS @ 3 times of the premium for Life Term Assurance Plan, the total amount of subscription for CGEGIS will be less than half of the monthly subscription proposed by the LIC and by the 7th CPC.

c) Monthly Subscription can be reduced by 20% when the scheme is applied for more than 30 lakh employees as a Group as per details given in Table-2, based on the Premium for Individual Term Insurance indicated in Table 1 below:-

Table-1: Monthly subscription in proportion to LIC’s Jeevan Amar Life Term Assurance Plan):


Pay Level of
Employee


Insurance Amount
Recommended by 7th CPC
Rs.
Proposed monthly subscription for CGEGIS
(In proportion to LIC’s
Jeevan Amar Term Assurance Plan) (#)
Correspond-ing SA (Savings)
For 30 years of service @8% annual interest Monthly compounding
Insurance
Fund (25%)
Rs.
Savings Fund (75%) (##)
Rs.
Total
Monthly Subscription
Rs.
Level 10 & above
50,00,000
600
1800
2400
27,02,331
Level 6 to 9
25,00,000
300
900
1200
13,51,165
Level 1 to 5
15,00,000
200
600
900
9,00,777

(#) Based on entry age of 30 years for Individual Term Insurance. (Premium amount rounded off to next hundred Rs.) (##)7th CPC recommended a ratio of 75:25 for savings fund to insurance fund.

Table-2 Monthly subscription for Group Insurance @ 20% lesser than subscription charged by LIC for Individual Life Term Assurance (shown in table-1) plus savings Fund in the ratio 25:75


Pay Level of
Employee

Insurance Amount
Recommended by 7th CPC
Rs.
Proposed monthly subscription for CGEGIS - (20% less than LIC’s
Jeevan Amar Term Assurance Plan’s premium) (#)
Corresponding SA (Savings)
For 30 years of service @8% annual interest Monthly compounding
Insurance
Fund (25%)
Rs.
Savings Fund (75%) (##)
Rs.
Total
Monthly Subscription
Rs.
Level 10 above
50,00,000
480
1440
1920
21.61,865
Level 6 to 9
25,00,000
240
720
960
10,80,932
Level 1 to 5
15,00,000
160
480
640
7,20,621

4. PROPOSALS OF THE STAFF SIDE

1.1. Staff Side proposes that for the sum assured recommended by 7th CPC the following rates of Monthly subscription @ 20% less than the Premium for Individual Term Insurance plus Savings Fund as derived in table-2 above.


Pay Level of
Employee

Insurance Amount
Recommended by 7th CPC
Rs.
Proposed monthly subscription for CGEGIS - (20% less than LIC’sJeevan Amar Term Assurance Plan’s premium)
Insurance
Fund (25%)
Rs.
Savings Fund (75%)
Rs.
Total
Monthly SubscriptionRs.
Level 10 & above
50,00,000
480
1440
1920
Level 6 to 9
25,00,000
240
720
960
Level 1 to 5
15,00,000
160
480
640

4.2        Monthly Subscriptions of Rs.1920, Rs.960 and Rs.640 for Sum Assured of Rs. 50 lakh, 25 lakh and 15 lakh for the Levels proposed by the 7th Pay Commission respectivelyand payable to the family of the deceased employee in case of an employee’s death.

4.3        Ratio of the Insurance Fund and Saving Fund should be 25% : 75% respectively.

4.4        In case of retirement, employees be paid a maturity benefit in proportion to the subscription, length of service and applicable interest rates.

4.5        The CGEGIS should continue to be handled by the Government as here to for.

4.6        The proposal to tie up with LIC should be dropped forthwith especially keeping in view the drawbacks in the proposal of LIC, as enlisted earlier in this letter,

4.7        The Revised Scheme, drawn after consideration of the above proposals, may please be discussed with the JCM Staff Side, and be finalised early as the revision thereof has already been delayed for too long.

Hoping for an early favourable decision on the long pending issue is solicited

                                                                                              

Encl: 1 Annexure

√Copy: Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance – for necessary action please.

Annexure I

LIC’s JEEVAN AMAR LIFE TERM ASSURANCE PLAN (UIN: 512N332V01)

The sample illustrative premiums for both Option I (Level Sum Assured) and Option II (Increasing Sum Assured) for Basic Sum Assured of Rs.50 Lakh.

Option I (Level Sum Assured):
Age
Policy term
Regular Annual Premium
Annual Premium for limited premium Paying term of (Policy term minus 5) years
Annual Premium for limited premium Paying term of (Policy term minus 10) years
Single Premium
20
20
Rs. 4,356
Rs. 5,104
Rs.6,556
Rs.48,928
30
20
Rs. 6,952
Rs. 6,952
Rs.8,932
Rs.66,088
40
20
Rs.13,545
Rs. 13,545
Rs.17,595
Rs.1,27,395

Option II (Increasing Sum Assured):
Age
Policy term
Regular Annual Premium
Annual Premium for limited premium Paying term of (Policy term minus 5) years
Annual Premium for limited premium Paying term of (Policy term minus 10) years
Single Premium
20
20
Rs. 5,715
Rs. 5715
Rs. 8,595
Rs. 63,720
30
20
Rs. 8,415
Rs. 8415
Rs. 12,870
Rs. 94,095
40
20
Rs. 17,664
Rs. 17644
Rs. 27,232
Rs. 1,95,868

Eligibility conditions and other Restrictions:

a)       Minimum Age at entry: [18] years (Last Birthday)
b)       Maximum Age at entry: [65] years (Last Birthday)
c)       Maximum age at Maturity: [80] years (Last Birthday)
d)       Minimum Basic Sum Assured: Rs. 25,00,000/-.
e)       Maximum Basic Sum Assured: No Limit.The Basic Sum Assured shall be in multiples of: Rs. 1,00,000/-, if Basic Sum Assured for the policy is Rs.25,00,000/- to Rs. 40,00,000/-Rs. 10,00,000/-, if Basic Sum Assured for the policy is above Rs. 40,00,000/-.
f)        Policy Term: [10 to 40] years
g)       Premium Paying Term:Regular Premium: Same as policy termPremium: [Policy Term minus 5] years for Policy Term [10 to 40] years : [Policy Term minus 10] years for Policy Term [15 to 40] years

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