In the earlier notification, this relaxation was allowed for initial lockdown period from March 25 to April 14 where policy holders were asked to pay premium dues till April 21. But since the period of lockdown has been extended, premium dues can be paid after the lockdown ends.
The (delayed) payment will also 'ensure continuity of the statutory motor vehicle third party insurance cover from the date on which the policy falls due for renewal,' department of financial services said in a notification dated April 15.
The government has provided the same deferred payment option to health insurance policy holders too who had to pay renewal premium during the period of the lockdown.
The changes have been made in view of the prevailing situation in the country due to Covid-19 disease and consequent 19-day extension of national lockdown from April 15 to May 3, 2020.
The latest changes in compliance measures for insurance customers had come after finance ministry allowed similar deferral in performance of statutory duty in respect of direct tax and indirect tax last month.