Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) is a Government of India enterprise, and is said to be the largest life insurance company and also the largest investor of the country. LIC had been established on the 1st of September, 1956, after the Life Insurance Corporation Act had been passed by the Parliament of India in the same year. The corporation is aimed at providing life insurance services primarily to the rural masses and the socially & economically backward sections of the Indian society. It also aims at promoting the people for saving their money, and offers attractive savings features along with various insurance policies.
The headquarters of Life Insurance Corporation of India are located in Mumbai, and as of April 2009 it has 8 zonal offices, 101 divisional offices and 2048 branches located in different towns and cities of India. Along with a workforce of 112,184 employees serving the institution, more than 1 Million agents of the Life Insurance Corporation of India are helping the people nationwide in adopting the various life insurance policies being offered by the corporation. Apart from India, LIC is also present in 12 other countries currently, fulfilling the life insurance needs of its overseas customers most of which are Non Resident Indians (NRIs).
During the financial year 2006-07, the total number of Life Insurance Corporation of India policy holders were more than 200 Million, which was equal to the population of fourth largest populous country in the world at that time.
Life Insurance Corporation of India has a number of subsidiaries which help it in leveraging its potential to the maximum, providing an enhanced set of diversified services to its customers. These subsidiaries include LIC International, LIC Nepal, LIC Lanka, LIC Housing Finance and LICHFL Care Homes.