Devender Kumar Sikri, on 11 January 2016 sworn in as the Chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI). His oath to the office was administered by Union Finance Minister Aurn Jaitley.
Devender Kumar Sikri succeeded Ashok Chawla, who demitted office on 7 January 2016. He will have tenure of about two and half years, that is, till he attains the age of 65 years.
About Devender Kumar Sikri
• He is a 1975 batch former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Gujarat cadre.
• He has served in various important positions in the Union Government as well as in the State Government of Gujarat.
• As Secretary of Department of Justice in the Union Government, he was instrumental in preparing and furthering the agenda of judicial reforms including the changes in the existing procedure for appointment of Judges for greater transparency.
• As Secretary of Ministry of WCD (Women and Child Development), he was principal architect of the legislation on Protection of Children against Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), 2013, preparation of the Bill on Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill 2010 and restructuring of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme.
• In the Union Government, he also held the positions as Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India and Joint Secretary, Department of Fertilizers.
About Competition Commission of India (CCI)
• It was established by the Union Government with effect from 14 October 2003 and consists of a Chairperson and 6 Members appointed by the Union Government.
• CCI’s duty is to eliminate practices having adverse effect on competition, promote and sustain competition, protect the interests of consumers and ensure freedom of trade in the markets of India.
• It is also required to give opinion on competition issues on a reference received from a statutory authority established under any law and to undertake competition advocacy, create public awareness and impart training on competition issues.
• It draws its power from the Competition Act, 2002, as amended by the Competition (Amendment) Act, 2007 which prohibits anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position by enterprises and regulates combinations which would result in adverse effect on competition within India.
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