Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) was constituted by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999.
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) is a regulatory body headquartered at Hyderabad, in Telangana.

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority is a ten member team consisting of
(a) a Chairman;
(b) five whole-time members;
(c) four part-time members,

Chairman and all members are appointed by the Government of India.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appoints the Chairman of IRDA.
AAC is composed of the Prime Minister of India (who is the Chairman) and the Minister of Home Affairs.
Debasish Panda was the Secretary at Department of Financial Services.
The position was vacant for 11 months since May 2021

The functions of the IRDA

(a) issue to the applicant a certificate of registration, renew, modify, withdraw, suspend or cancel such registration;               

(b) protection of the interests of the policy holders in matters concerning assigning of policy, nomination by policy holders, insurable interest, settlement of insurance claim, surrender value of policy and other terms and conditions of contracts of insurance;               

(c) specifying requisite qualifications, code of conduct and practical training for intermediary or insurance intermediaries and agents;               

(d) specifying the code of conduct for surveyors and loss assessors;               

(e) promoting efficiency in the conduct of insurance business;               

(f) promoting and regulating professional organisations connected with the insurance and re-insurance business;               

(g) levying fees and other charges for carrying out the purposes of this Act;               

(h) calling for information from, undertaking inspection of, conducting enquiries and investigations including audit of the insurers, intermediaries, insurance intermediaries and other organisations connected with the insurance business;               

(i) control and regulation of the rates, advantages, terms and conditions that may be offered by insurers in respect of general insurance business not so controlled and regulated by the Tariff Advisory Committee under section 64U of the Insurance Act, 1938 (4 of 1938);               

(j) specifying the form and manner in which books of account shall be maintained and statement of accounts shall be rendered by insurers and other insurance intermediaries;               

(k) regulating investment of funds by insurance companies;               

(l) regulating maintenance of margin of solvency;               

(m) adjudication of disputes between insurers and intermediaries or insurance intermediaries;               

(n) supervising the functioning of the Tariff Advisory Committee;               

(o) specifying the percentage of premium income of the insurer to finance schemes for promoting and regulating professional organisations referred to in clause (f);               

(p) specifying the percentage of life insurance business and general insurance business to be undertaken by the insurer in the rural or social sector; and               

(q) exercising such other powers as may be prescribed.  

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