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40. Prohibition of payment by way of commission or otherwise for procuring business.- (1) No person shall after the expiry of six months from the commencement of this Act, pay or contract to pay any remuneration or reward whether by way of commission or otherwise for soliciting or procuring insurance business in India to any person except an insurance agent or an intermediary or insurance intermediary.
(1A) In this section and section 40A, 41 and 43 references to an insurance agent shell be construed as including references to an individual soliciting or procuring insurance business exclusively in the territories which Immediately before the 1st November, 1956 were comprised in a Part B State notified in this behalf by the Central Government in the Official Gazette and holding a valid licence as an insurance agent under the law of that Part B State.
(2) No insurance agent shall be paid or contract to be paid by way of commission or as remuneration in any form an amount exceeding, in the case of life insurance business, forty per cent of the first year’s premium payable on any policy or policies effected through him and five per cent of a renewal premium, payable on such a policy, or, in the case of business of any other class, fifteen per cent of the premium:
Provided that insurers in respect of life insurance business only may pay during the first ten years of their business to their insurance agents fifty five per cent of the first years premium payable on any policy or policies effected through them and six per cent of the renewal premiums payable on such policies:
Provided further that nothing in this sub section shall apply in respect of any policy of life insurance issued after the 31st day of December, 1950, or in respect of any policy of general insurance issued after the commencement of the Insurance (Amendment) Act, 1950 (47 of 1950).
(2A) Save as hereinafter provided, no insurance agent or intermediary or insurance intermediary shall be paid or contract to be paid by way of commission or as remuneration in any form any amount in respect of any policy not effected through him:
Provided that where a policy of life insurance has lapsed and it cannot under the terms and conditions applicable to it be revived without further medical examination of the person whose life was insured thereby, an insurer, after giving by notice in writing to the insurance agent through whom the policy was effected if such agent continues to be an agent of the insist an opportunity to effect the revival of the policy within a time specified in the notice, being not less than one month from the date of the receipt by him of the notice, may pay to another insurance agent who effects the revival of the policy an amount calculated at a rate not exceeding half the rate of commission at which the agent through whom the policy was effected would have been paid had the policy not lapsed, on the sum payable on revival of the policy on account of arrear premiums (excluding any interest on such arrear premiums) and also on the subsequent renewal premiums payable on the policy.
(3) Nothing in this section shall prevent the payment under any contract existing prior to the 27th day of January, 1937, of gratuities or renewal commission to Many person, whether an insurance agent within the meaning of this Act or not, or to his representatives after his decease in respect of insurance business effected through him before the said date.
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