Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Company Limited is a joint venture undertaken by Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. It is one of India’s leading financial service providers which offers a host of products specifically designed and customized to meet the individual needs of all its customers. The company offers various insurance plans.
Specialized plans meant to provide for the financial safety of the future of the child are called child plan. An individual buys this plan to plan for and secure his child’s future against any unfortunate contingency, namely his death.
Companies offering these plans sell the plans covering the life of either of the parent. Some companies also offer child plans covering the life of the child. The plan boasts of having an inbuilt feature where the premiums payable will be waived off and even paid by the company in the event of death of the parent since he cannot pay the subsequent premiums. This feature ensures that the plan bought with the safety of the child’s future in mind is not disrupted because of any unforeseen event. On death, a benefit will be paid and the plan will continue. On maturity another specified benefit will be paid to take care of the child’s financial requirements.
Kotak Life Insurance Company offers one type of child insurance plan called the Kotak Headstart Child Assure Plan. The plan promises multiple benefits and comes loaded with great features. The plan with its complete set of characteristics is described below:
This is a unit linked child insurance plan which protects the child’s future against untimely death of the parent by providing financial assistance. Notable elements of the plan are highlighted as under:
|Entry Age||18 years||60 years|
|Maturity Age||28 years||70 years|
|Policy Term||10 years||25 years|
|Premium amount||Regular pay - Rs.20, 000 5 Pay – Rs.50, 000 10 Pay – Rs.20, 000||No limit|
|Sum Assured||Higher of 10 or 7 times the annual premium or 0.5/0.25*term*annual premium|
|Premium Payment Term||Equal to policy tenure or 5 or 10 years|
|Premium paying Frequency||Yearly or half-yearly|
The company offers specific plans which are available online only. The customer only needs to log into the company’s website, choose the required plan, choose the coverage and provide the details. The premium will be determined using the filled details. The customer then needs to pay the premium online through credit card, debit card or net banking facilities and the policy will be issued
Plans which are not available online can be purchased from agents, brokers, banks, etc. where the intermediaries help with the application process.
The fact that the policyholder and the beneficiary are completely different entities, make the child plans unique insurance products. Here, quite literally the policy is purchased for someone else’s benefit. The policyholder is the parent who buys the policy for his/her child. While the child benefits greatly, the parent also stands to gain from a child plan. Let us take a look at the illustration below to understand this concept.
Hari has an ambitious daughter who wants to study abroad in the future. However, with limited finances and a mid-level job, Hari probably cannot sponsor his daughter’s course in a top American university. As a result, with over 10 years to go for his daughter to finish school, he buys a child plan and begins investing in it. At the end of 10 years, not only does he receive the sum assured that is enough to pay for the girl’s travel and college expenses, Hari doesn’t need to pay anything extra from his own pocket. So both he and his daughter gain immensely from the child plan.
While there is no law in our country that makes child plans compulsory for parents, it is only but logically sound for each and every parent in today’s day and age to buy a child plan. With soaring expenses and rising education costs, it is foolish not to secure the child’s future. Apart from paying for the child’s professional and personal expenses, a child plan also protects the child against unforeseen factors such as a parent’s death. If one or both of the earning parents die within the policy period, the child’s future continues to be safe. The funds continue to flow in but the premium of the plan is waived off. This is undoubtedly the biggest advantage of a child plan. Keeping this in mind, it becomes mandatory for every parent to buy a child plan.
Child plan is a simple traditional investment plan with a coverage kept in mind for a child. It can be taken on the life of a parent or even the child so long as the policy has been especially designed for the child’s bright future.