New Delhi: Devender Kumar Sikri, an officer of 1975 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), today took oath as the Chairman of Competition Commission of India (CCI). Sikri was sworn in by the Minister of Finance, I&B and Corporate Affairs, Aurn Jaitley, in the presence of members and secretary of the Competition Commission of India and officials of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
Sikri replaces Shri Ashok Chawla who demitted office on 7 January.
Sikri holds an MPhil degree, a masters degree in advanced mathematics. He has done an advance professional course in public administration from the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Delhi. He has served in various important positions in the central as well as the State Government of Gujarat. At the Centre, he held the position of Secretary, Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice; Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD); Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India; Joint Secretary, Department of Fertilisers among others.
As Secretary, Department of Justice, Sikri 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, Ministry of WCD, He was the 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 the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme. In his position as the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, Sikri was instrumental in guiding and releasing of data on various social and economic indicators for the 2001 Census and preparation of the complete framework for the 2011 Census.
In Gujarat, he has been the Commissioner, Industries Promotion, Sales Tax Commissioner, besides being Vice-Chairman & Managing Director of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation and Managing Director of Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation Ltd. He has been on the Board of several important companies like National Fertilizers Ltd, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers Ltd, Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-op Ltd, Krishak Bharati Coop Ltd and Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd.
The Competition Commission was established in 2003 to replace the erstwhile Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Commission. The commission draws its power from the Competition Act, 2002, and has been empowered to check anti-competitive behaviour and regulate mergers and acquisitions.