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Ashok Kumar Gupta appointed as Chairperson of Competition Commission of India

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed former IAS officer Ashok Kumar Gupta as Chairperson of Competition Commission of India (CCI). He replaces acting chairperson Sudhir Mital. He will be in office till October 25, 2022 i.e. till he attains age of 65 years or until further orders, whichever is the earliest. Gupta is former IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre.

Competition Commission of India (CCI)

CCI is quasi-judicial statutory body established under The Competition Act, 2002. It was established in October 2003 and became fully functional in May 2009. Section 8(1) of the Act provides CCI shall consist of Chairperson and not less than two and not more than six Members. Presently, Chairperson and four Members are in position. It has been functioning as collegium right from its inception. It functions under Ministry of Cooperate Affairs.

CCI aims to eliminate practices that adversely affect competition in different industries and protect interests of consumers and ensure freedom of trade. Its seeks to eliminate practices having adverse effect on competition, promote and sustain competition, protect interests of consumers and ensure freedom of trade in markets of India. It also gives opinion on competition issues on reference received from statutory authority established under any law and undertakes competition advocacy, create public awareness and impart training on competition issues.

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Lt General Rajeshwar takes over as 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff

Lt Gen P S Rajeshwar took over as 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to Chairman, COSC. Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Director General (Perspective Planning) at Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence.

Lt Gen PS Rajeshwar

He was commissioned into Regiment of Artillery in December 1980. He is alumnus of Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun, National Defence College (NDC), Delhi. He holds Masters in National Security Administration from NDC, Philippines. He has rich operational and staff experience with distinction of serving in operational environments such as Counter Insurgency area in the North East & Counter Terrorist Operations in Jammu and Kashmir, High Altitude Area, apart from United Nations Peacekeeping Operations. During 38 years of his illustrious career, he has commanded Artillery Regiment during Operation Parakram, Infantry Brigade at Line of Control (LoC), Counter Insurgency Force in J&K and Corps in the desert sector.

Integrated Defence Staff

Government had established Integrated Defence Staff, headed by Chief of Integrated Staff as Chairman (who enjoys  status equivalent to that of Vice Chief of Service.) to ensure high degree of synergy between Armed forces. It acts as point organisation for integration of policy, doctrine, war fighting and procurement by employing best management practices. It was created on 1 October 2001 based on recommendations of Group of Ministers which was set up in 2000 (post-Kargil) to review India’s defence management. It has representation from all three services, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Department of Defence (DoD) and Def (Finance).

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