The cabinet on Thursday cleared proposals to amend the legislations governing insurance industry to hike foreign equity from 26% to 49% and on pension to allow up to 26% stake to overseas investors.
Agarwal said the move would bring in more players into the pension sector while agreeing that in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI), the sums would not be huge as in the case of the life insurance sector.
For pension fund managers, the minimum capital required is Rs. 25 crore where as in the case of life insurers, it is Rs. 100 crore.
Further, majority of the life insurers are suffering from expense overrun needing fresh capital infusion.
According to Agarwal, the New Pension Scheme (NPS) is doing well in the government sector while in the private sector, issues of distributor remuneration and their reach are being addressed.
"The NPS corpus now is around Rs. 21,000 crore ($4 billion)," Agarwal said.