Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana has been announced by the government of India as one of the three social security schemes. PMSBY is an accidental insurance scheme that provides accidental death and disability coverage for one year, with an annual renewal.
With the minimum premium rate of Rs. 12/- per annum this policy is most beneficial to the poor and low-income section of the society. Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana provides life coverage of Rs. 2 lakh for the accidental demise and permanent total disability and Rs. 1 lakh for permanent partial disability.
Individuals within the age group of 18-70 years having a participating savings bank account can subscribe to this scheme. In case you have more than one saving bank account you can subscribe to the scheme by using only one saving bank account. To help you know more about the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, further in this article we have briefly discussed the various aspects of the policy.
Under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana a death benefit of Rs. 2 lakh is available to the beneficiary of the policy in case of accidental demise of the insured person. Moreover, coverage of Rs. 2 lakh is provided in case of total disability like irrecoverable or total loss of both the eyes, or loss of use of both the hands and feet, paralysis, etc. In case of partial disability, a life coverage of Rs1lakh is provided to the insured person.
The coverage provided by PMSBY is in addition to any other insurance plan the subscriber has. As this is a pure life insurance plan the scheme does not offer any mediclaim i.e. it does not offer any reimbursement of hospitalization expenses caused due to an accident.
As defined under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana any death, accidents, and disability caused due to natural calamities is covered by the policy. However, the plan does not provide any coverage against suicide but death due to murder is covered under the policy. The plan also does not provide any coverage in case of irrecoverable loss of eyesight loss of one hand or foot.
Individuals between the age group of 18-70 years are eligible to buy PMSBY. Moreover, NRI’s too can join the policy, provided that any claims will be paid to the beneficiary of the policy in should be in the Indian currency.
What to do in Case of Claim
The Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana provides accidental death and disability coverage which is confirmed by documentary evidence. In case of accidental demise of the insured person, the accident should be reported to the police station and should be clarified by immediate hospital records. The claim can be filed by the beneficiary of the policy mentioned in the enrolment form by the insured. In case of the disability claim, the sum assured amount will be credited to the bank account of the policyholder and in case of death, the death benefit will be paid to the beneficiary of the policy.
With all these benefits and features offered by this policy and with its minimal premium rates, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is one of the best social security schemes. It provides life protection to those of lesser means without hurting their savings significantly.