Competition Act 2002 Current Affairs - 2019

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20 May 2019: CCI celebrates its 10th Annual Day

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) celebrated its 10th Annual Day on 20 May 2019. The date ‘20 May’ marks the notification of substantive enforcement provisions of the Competition Act, 2002.

About Competition Commission of India

  • CCI is a statutory body which was established under the provisions of Competition Act, 2002. It was established in 2003.
  • Composition: It consists of a Chairperson and six Members appointed by the Central Government.
  • Function:
    1. It is responsible for enforcing the provisions of Competition Act, 2002 throughout India.
    2. To prevent activities that can have an adverse effect on competition.
    3. To promote and sustain competition
    4. To protect interests of consumers.
    5. To ensure freedom of trade in the markets of India.
  • Importance: CCI is although young body but is a perceptive regulator. It has strived to nurture a culture of competition in Indian markets by its credible antitrust enforcement and regular engagement with stakeholders. Since 2009, CCI has reviewed about 660 merger filings, 1010 antitrust cases and has held more than 700 advocacy events.

About The Competition Act 2002

It is amended by the Competition (Amendment) Act, 2007. It provisions include:

  • Prohibiting anti-competitive agreements and also preventing abuse of dominant position by enterprises.
  • Regulating combinations such as acquisition, acquiring of control, mergers and acquisition (M&A) which can have an adverse effect on competition within India.

Way Forward

Although the role of Competition Commission of India (CCI) as a Market Regulator ensures a level playing field but in increased globalized and inter-dependent world, role of the CCI is required to be dynamic.

GeM and CCI Sign MoU

Government e Marketplace (GeM) and Competition Commission of India (CCI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable a fair and competitive environment in the e-Marketplace.

Combating Anti-competitive practices

Both CCI and GeM attach significant importance to the advanced analytical tools and processes for identification of malpractices like cartelization. Hence to pool their knowledge of the public procurement domain for detection of Anti-competitive practices GeM and CCI have signed a MoU.

Government e Marketplace (GeM)

GeM is a state-of-the-art national public procurement platform of Ministry of Commerce and Industries. GeM facilitates online procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Government Departments / Organisations / PSUs.

GeM provides the tools of e-bidding, reverse e-auction and demand aggregation to facilitate the government users, achieve the best value for their money.

GeM aims to enhance transparency, efficiency and speed in public procurement and has used technology to remove entry barriers for bonafide sellers and has created a vibrant e-marketplace with a wide range of goods and services.

Competition Commission of India (CCI)

Competition Commission of India is a statutory body of the Government of India, responsible for enforcing the Competition Act, 2002 throughout the country and to prevent activities that have an adverse effect on competition. CCI consists of a Chairperson and 6 Members appointed by the Central Government.