On death of the Life Assured during the term of the policy the basic premiums paid, excluding any rider premiums or extra premiums, up to the date of death accumulated with interest at such rates as decided by the Corporation will be payable to the nominee. Currently, the interest rate is 3%, 4% or 5 % if the death occurs within the first 10 years, 20 years or thereafter respectively.
At maturity the policyholder can encash up to a maximum 25% of the maturity proceeds as a tax-free lump sum. The balance should be compulsorily converted to an annuity at the rates applicable at the time of maturity of the policy. The policyholder has the choice of opting for any one of 5 annuity options. The annuity options available are
(i) annuity payable for remainder of life
(ii) annuity payable for life with guaranteed period of 5, 10, 15 or 20 years
(iii) Joint life and last survivor annuity to the annuitant and his/ her spouse under which annuity payable to the spouse on death of the purchaser will be 50% of that payable to the annuitant
(iv) Life annuity with a return of purchase price on death of the annuitant
(v) Life annuity increasing at a simple rate of 3% per annum
Supplementary or Extra Benefit: These optional benefits are added to your basic plan and an additional premium is needed to be paid for these benefits.
Surrender Value: On early termination of the LIC contract surrender values are allocated. These values will be greater of the guaranteed surrender value and special surrender. The plan also allows for partial surrenders.
Guaranteed Surrender Value: if policy has been in force for at least three full years then the policy can be surrendered. The Guaranteed Surrender value will be equal to 30% of the total amount of premiums paid excluding the premiums for the first year and all the extra premiums and premiums for accident benefit / term rider.
Corporation’s policy on surrenders: A unique surrender value will be paid by company which is either equal to or more than Guaranteed Surrender value. In case of death or maturity the profit allocated on surrender reflects the discounted value at the time of claim amount. The surrender value payable may be fewer than the overall premium paid, if the policy will be terminated at an early stage.