Mrs. Ravneet Kaur joined the Competition Commission of India as Chairperson on 23rd May 2023. She has rich and varied experience of working with Government of India and Government of Punjab for over 34 years as a member of the Indian Administrative Service. Her professional experience in the field of Finance, Accountancy and Budget matters includes assignments with Government of India in the Departments of Financial Services, Disinvestment and Economic Affairs and with the Government of Punjab in the Department of Finance and as Managing Director (MD), Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB), Director Treasuries and Accounts and Director Financial Resources & Economic Intelligence (DFREI). During this period, she was Government Nominee Director on the Boards of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Punjab National Bank (PNB), Export Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank) and Irrigation & Water Resources Finance Corporation (IWRFC) and also got an opportunity to work as Chairperson & Managing Director (CMD) of EXIM Bank and of India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL). During her stints in the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (now DPIIT) and previously as MD Punjab State Industrial Development Corporation (PSIDC), Vice-Chairperson & MD Punjab Communications Limited and in the State Government Department of Industries & Commerce including as Director on the Boards of Jammu & Kashmir Development Finance Corporation (JKDFC), Punjab Financial Corporation and Punjab Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd; she acquired considerable experience in the fields of Industry, Business, Management and Competition related matters.
As CMD of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC); CMD Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL); MD, Punjab State Civil Supplies Corporation (PUNSUP);Vice-Chairperson and National Project Director of UNDP funded Research & Development Centre for Bicycle & Sewing Machine; Institute for Machine Tools Technology and Institute for Auto Parts Technology; Executive Director, Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology and as Vice-Chancellor Punjabi University; she has performed leadership roles in various fields giving her valuable insights and knowledge of Corporate Affairs, Business, Management and Operations in the diverse areas of tourism, power transmission, food and public distribution, education and skill development. This was coupled with experience in Public Policy and Administration as Special Chief Secretary/Additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary in the Departments of Revenue, Rehabilitation & Disaster Management, Cooperation, Forests & Wildlife, Labour, Food Processing, Power, and Education. She has worked in quasi-judicial capacity throughout her career as Adjudicating, Appellate, Reviewing and Revisional Authority.
Mrs. Kaur is a recipient of many Awards/ Medals during her academic and professional career including President of India’s Census Silver Medal and ISAW Women Achievers Award at ITB Berlin. She has done M.A. in Economics from Punjab University Chandigarh and M.Sc. in Public Economic Management from University of Birmingham, UK. She was also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow at Cornell University USA and thereafter worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) at Washington DC as a Collaborator.
Dr. Sangeeta Verma joined the Competition Commission of India as Member on 24th December 2018. Dr. Verma is from the 1981 batch of the Indian Economic Service (IES). She has wide-ranging experience of over three decades in government, both central and state, as an economist, administrator, regulator, and policymaker, and has served the government in several sectors of the economy, including consumer affairs, industry, agriculture, power, and women and child development. Dr. Verma superannuated as Principal Adviser to the Government of India in the Department of Consumer Affairs, where she was responsible for the administration of the Essential Commodities Act and the Consumer Protection Act, as well as for advising the government on various consumer protection interventions. She oversaw the introduction and successful implementation of the Price Stabilisation Fund — a complex scheme for the timely purchase and disbursal of pulses, which benefitted consumers by moderating pulse prices. It also benefitted farmers through assured procurement at government-declared prices. As Principal Adviser in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (now DPIIT), Government of India, she advised on trade and fiscal policy. In the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, she oversaw national crop production estimates and advised on policy relating to the pricing of agricultural produce (MSP). In the power sector, Dr. Verma served as Secretary, U. P. State Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC), and Economic Adviser with the Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power. During her term as Secretary, the UPERC made several regulations bringing reforms to the state electricity sector. It also finalised the licencing and tariff regulations for all licensees. Dr. Verma also served as Member of the Appellate Authority for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction, which adjudicated on appeals against orders of the erstwhile Board for Industrial Financial Reconstruction (BIFR). Dr. Verma graduated in Economics (Hons.) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. She has an M. A. in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. She also has a Master’s degree in Rural Social Development from the University of Reading (UK). She obtained a PhD in Economics from Lucknow University.