MISSED target ¦
APROPOS to the report that LIC failed to garner targetted funds through Jeevan Aastha.
It must be mentioned that Jeevan Aastha failed because of huge misrepresentation by agents and even by LIC itself where it hides the real picture by using weasel words. The insurer claimed 10 per cent guaranteed return on the scheme but it’s not compounded.
An investment of Rs 48,000, as shown in their own illustration, gives Rs 1 lakh after 10 years. That’s about 7.5 per cent compounded, much less than the 10 per cent claimed. The “10% guaranteed return” was a marketing gimmick, and it’s very much likely that the whole marketing infrastructure was paid obscene amounts of money and commissions to push the plan through. In a time when every asset class is losing value, people seem to clutch on to anyone who will guarantee a return, even if it’s low.
The policy is not suitable for any age class. For Young people (20-35 age), investments in market-linked instruments such as equity and debt funds can better returns for a 10 year period than the returns given by the policy. For older people also the returns from the policy is also not much attractive.
Srikanth Matrubai Bangalore
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