Director of Milvik Lanka Max Bergman (center) flanked by General Manager of Ceylinco Insurance Roshan Ranasinghe (left) and Commercial Bank’s Deputy General Manager Personal Banking Chandana Gunasekera (right) at the signing of the agreement

A low-cost insurance scheme that will protect micro borrowers has been launched by Commercial Bank of Ceylon in association with two insurance companies, Ceylinco Insurance and BIMA.

The policy will cover the borrowers against accidental death or permanent disability, compensate for loss of income due to hospitalization and also contribute towards funeral expenses.

Monthly premiums of Rs.150, Rs.300 and Rs.600 respectively for the Silver, Gold and Platinum categories of the scheme provide accident cover of Rs.1 million, Rs.2 million and Rs.4 million, with life cover of Rs.50,000, Rs.100,000 and Rs.150,000, the Bank said.

“This scheme is yet another example of our commitment to the wellbeing and protection of our customers in the micro enterprise segment,” Commercial Bank’s Deputy General Manager (Personal Banking) Chandana Gunasekera said. “Today’s micro borrowers can be small or medium enterprises in just a few years with the right support, and Commercial Bank is committed to provide that support.”

The issuing of insurance cover will be done by Ceylinco Insurance PLC and Melvik Lanka (branded as BIMA), a mobile insurance provider that will handle the sales, technical implementation and claims administration. Depending on the demand for the product, the Bank said it may locate representatives of BIMA at branches where the potential is high.

Policyholders will be entitled to daily payments ranging from Rs.1,000 to Rs.3,000 for every day spent at a hospital up to a maximum of 20 days to cover their loss of income due to an illness or accident under this scheme.

In the event of accidental death of a policyholder, payments of Rs.25,000 to Rs.100,000 will be made towards funeral expenses, and the insurance proceeds may be utilized to settle the outstanding loan.