New Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) India’s life insurers clocked new business premium of Rs 20,892.7 crore in September this fiscal, witnessing a rise of 24.6 per cent from a year ago, data from Irdai showed today.

All the 24 life insurance companies in the country had collected new premium of Rs 16,767.41 in September 2016, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) data showed.

Of these, LIC — the largest and the sole state-owned life insurance company — registered an increase of 37.6 per cent.

It had collected premium of Rs 11,117.48 crore in the same month a year ago.

For the private sector life insurance players, however, the total premium during the month witnessed a decline of 1 per cent against Rs 5,649.92 crore in the year ago period.

Among the 23 private sector companies, SBI Life reported a decline in its new premium at Rs 817.81 crore in September 2017, from Rs 1,279.05 crore a year ago.

ICICI Prudential Life’s premium grew 14.9 per cent to Rs 745.73 crore; HDFC Life Rs 1,119.04 crore, up 24.7 per cent; Max Life Rs 396.63 crore, up 24 per cent; DHFL Pramerica Life Rs 118.38 crore, up 64.8 per cent while Bajaj Allianz’s new premium jumped 90 per cent to Rs 841.19 crore.

Birla Sun Life reported a decline in new premium at Rs 359.45 crore, down 21 per cent and Sahara Life’s new business fell by 95 per cent at Rs 17 lakh against Rs 3.14 crore in September 2016.

Cumulatively during April-September period of this fiscal, the total premium collected by all the insurers rose by 20.7 per cent to Rs 92,065.36 crore from Rs 76,236.16 crore in the year ago period.

LIC’s July-September premium was up by 23.7 per cent to Rs 68,224.29 crore from Rs 55,163.17 crore.

Private sector companies reported a rise of 13.1 per cent in their cumulative premium collection at Rs 23,841.06 crore from Rs 21,072.99 crore in the same period year ago.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.