CCI has disposed off 80 pct anti-trust cases handled by it by now, says DK Sikri

| Updated: Sep 09, 2016 22:32 IST

New Delhi [India], Sep 9 (ANI): The fair trade regulator, Competition Commission of India (CCI) has disposed off more than 600 of 750 anti-trust cases handled by the Commission by now i.e. about 80 per cent of the total cases, its chairman, DK Sikri said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today. "Of the information filed, now 80 percent is not subject to any investigation as only 20 percent cases go through the investigation stage," said Sikri while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM conference on 'Competition Law: Opportunities and challenges in India.' "Unlike in the past when we undertook the investigation, in more than 50 percent of the cases or information filed with us we are now applying rigors of enquiry very-very strongly," he said. "What is more important is that the decisions so far made by the Commission have gone on very well and that is very satisfying for us and that has produced some positive outcome," added Sikri. He said that the CCI, in about past six months, had organized 40 events for promoting awareness in one way or the other amongst the people about the Competition Law, for all stakeholders and people to understand the scope of the law and the remedies it offers. The CCI chief also said that the Competition Law is also helpful to the government when it comes to making public procurements especially. "Cases of collusive bidding as well as cartelization have come to the Commission from various departments of the government, state governments and public sector enterprises, they have been investigated." He also said that there is greater awareness now about the competitive bidding among the enterprises as well as the government departments. "While evaluating the bids they have been closely looking at the fact whether the bidders are independent and they are not under the same management, mind you this was not the case earlier and this was not appreciated in the past," said Sikri. "Similarly, they are complaining if the prices quoted by the bidders are identical, this behaviour earlier was given not much consideration because the public enterprises would hold negotiation treating them all as L1 but now the same behaviour is being questioned and the government departments are genuinely looking for an L1 bidder who offers really a truly competitive price," he added. He said that this change has the potential to bring about considerable savings in the public procurement by the government as it constitutes 30 percent of India's GDP (gross domestic product). "If the government agencies become alert as they have become now and enforce competition thoroughly in the bidding process, even two per cent savings in the public procurement, including financial procurement can wipe out the entire fiscal deficit of the budget," further said Sikri. He said that competition compliance must go beyond being made a formality, it should be formalized and imbibed as an article of faith by all the businesses in the country. "We have recently embarked upon and are preparing a competition compliance manual which is comparable to international standards and are taking the help of legal fraternity in preparing this," he said. "We are hopeful that this will help in better understanding and promoting the culture of compliance in the country amongst businesses," added the CCI chairman. He also said that the Commission is not in favour of imposing penalties as they have to be rational and proportional. "We do not favour it and we do not want this to be imposed, we will advocate and favour more and more compliance which is in the best interest of Indian economy." (ANI)