WHO IS RAVNEET KAUR?
A member of the Punjab cadre of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from the 1988 batch, Ravneet Kaur has been named the head of the Competition Commission of India (CCI). Since the CCI’s founding in 2003, she is the organization’s first female executive.
Kaur has worked in a variety of industries for more than 30 years, including finance, tourism, and agriculture. Prior to being named CCI Chairperson, she worked for the Punjab government’s Department of Revenue and disaster management as special chief secretary and financial advisor.
Kaur will be in charge of managing the CCI’s operations and promoting fair competition in the Indian market as its Chairperson. Her hiring coincides with the antitrust regulator’s current workload, which includes probes involving major technology companies including Google, Whatsapp, Facebook, and Amazon.
The high-profile cases that CCI is handling should benefit from Kaur’s experience in disaster management. Her appointment is crucial because she will be in charge of stopping actions that hurt competition across multiple industries.
WHAT IS THE COMPETITION COMMISSION OF INDIA?
Fair competition in the Indian market is encouraged and governed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI), a regulatory organization. It was created in 2003 in accordance with the Competition Act of 2002.
To encourage competition and stop actions that have a significant negative impact on competition in India, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) is charged with upholding the Competition Act, of 2002. In order to prevent two merging firms from capturing too much of the market, the CCI looks into cases that have an adverse effect on competition and allows combinations under the act.
Through the CCI, which the Central Government formed with effect from October 14, 2003, the act’s goals are intended to be accomplished. As the CCI’s Chairperson, Ravneet Kaur takes on the vital responsibility of directing the commission’s operations. Ravneet Kaur will be in charge of stopping actions that harm competitiveness in several industries.
WHAT DOES RAVNEET KAUR’S APPOINTMENT MEAN FOR THE CCI?
The selection of Ravneet Kaur as Chairperson of the CCI is noteworthy because she would be in charge of making sure that there is continued fair competition in the Indian market. Her appointment coincides with worries about monopolies and anti-competitive behavior in many industries.
Given the high-profile cases that CCI is managing, particularly those involving major digital giants like Google, Whatsapp, Facebook, and Amazon, Kaur’s background in crisis management should be beneficial. About 200 cases that were transferred from the National Anti-Profiteering Authority to the CCI in December are still pending.
As the CCI’s Chairperson, Kaur will have the important responsibility of directing the organization’s operations and fostering fair competition in the Indian market. She will be in charge of stopping actions that harm competitiveness in numerous industries.
Her background in a variety of industries, such as agriculture, tourism, and banking, will be useful in her new position as Chairperson of the CCI. The nomination of Kaur as CCI Chairperson is important since she is not only the first woman in government service but also the first non-secretary rank bureaucrat.
WHAT ARE RAVNEET KAUR’S QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE?
Ravneet Kaur is a Punjab cadre officer in the 1988 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Over the course of her career, which has lasted a few decades, she has held a variety of government positions. Kaur was employed with the Punjab government’s agricultural and cooperation ministries in Chandigarh as a special chief secretary (apex scale) prior to her nomination as the CCI’s chair.
From 2017 until 2019, she served as the Chairperson and Managing Director (CMD) of the India Tourism Development Corporation. Kaur worked for the Indian government’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion from 2015 until 2017. She worked as the Director of the Department of Economic Affairs from 2006 to 2008 before becoming the Joint Secretary of the Department of Financial Services in 2008.
In addition, Kaur worked for the Punjab government as the Principal Secretary for 11 months between 2012 and 2013 and as the Principal Secretary for Cabinet, Coordination, and Parliamentary Affairs for just over a year between 2014 and 2015. Kaur will benefit from her background in a variety of industries, including finance, tourism, and agriculture in her new position as Chairperson of the CCI.