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Ashok Kumar Gupta
Chairperson
Ashok Kumar Gupta is a 1981 Batch IAS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre. He has had an illustrious career of 40 years in public service spanning across sectors from industry, finance, health to defence production. Prior to joining the Commission, he has held several key positions in the Central Govt., such as Secretary to the Government of India in the Deptt. of Defence Production, where he was responsible for liberalising the licencing regime and FDI policy. Previously, he held several positions in the Ministries of Health, Heavy Industries, Shipping, MSME, Commerce & Industry. While posted as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health, he was dealing with matters relating to International Cooperation, World Bank and WHO projects. He was instrumental in formulating several Govt. policies such as Automobile Policy, Prime Minister’s Rojgar Yojana, ‘Make’ Procedure in defence procurement and establishing Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Delhi. He has extensive experience in Industry, has headed and turned around State Public Sector Units and served on the Boards of Central and State PSUs such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Heavy Engineering Corporation, Tamil Nadu Cements and many others. Before moving to the Centre, he held various positions with the Tamil Nadu Govt. Some of his appointments include, CMD, Tamil Nadu Cements, Special Secretary (Finance) and Distt. Magistrate, Villupuram. A gold medallist in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University, he also holds a Post-Graduate degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University (USA) and an M.Phil. degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University.
Dr. Sangeeta Verma
Member
Dr. Sangeeta Verma, an officer of 1981 batch of the Indian Economic Service (IES) joined as Member, Competition Commission of India on 24th December, 2018. Dr. Verma is an experienced administrator, regulator and policy maker – having served for over 37 years in the Government of India and Govt of Uttar Pradesh before joining the Commission. Her breadth of experience ranges from field postings in Uttar Pradesh to that of Principal Adviser to the Govt. of India in the Department of Consumer Affairs, where she was responsible for the administration of the Essential Commodities Act, the Consumer Protection Act and the Price Stabilisation Fund. As Principal Adviser in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (now DPIIT), Government of India she advised on Trade and Fiscal Policy. In other sectors such as the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare and the Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power she handled diverse subjects such as policy on pricing of agricultural produce and policy on power tariffs. In the Ministry of Women & Child Development she was responsible for the administration of all special laws for women, gender budgeting and drafting of the Bill on Sexual Harassment at Workplace which has since been enacted. On the regulatory front, Dr. Verma served as the Secretary, U.P. State Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) for five years (2002-2007) wherein she was the key point of contact for the regulatory aspects of the State’s power sector (regulations, tariffs, licenses etc.). During her term as Secretary, the UPERC, finalised the regulations for licensing of transmission, distribution and trading companies, tariff regulations for all licensees and renewable purchase power obligations for distribution licensees. She also served as Member of the Appellate Authority for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction established under SICA for deciding on appeals against orders of the erstwhile Board for Industrial Financial Reconstruction (BIFR). Dr.Verma holds a Doctorate (Phd.) degree in Economics (Financial Decentralisation of District Plans) from the Lucknow University, Master in Arts (MA) from the University of Reading (UK) – Dean’s list and M.A Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.
Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi
Member
Shri Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, an officer of the 1983 batch of the Indian Foreign Service joined as Member, Competition Commission of India on 17th July, 2019. He has 35 years of wide ranging experience in Government, both at Headquarters and in India’s diplomatic Missions abroad. Shri Bishnoi’s last assignment was Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. He has also served as Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti, as well as to the UN, UN-ESCAP and the African Union. Shri Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi has held various posts dealing with international economic issues. These includes two assignments in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York (as Ambassador/DPR and earlier as Counsellor Economic) and also two terms in the Permanent Mission of India to UN-ESCAP (as Ambassador/PR and also as Deputy Permanent Representative). He has been Joint Secretary (Multilateral Economic Relations) Division in the Ministry of External Affairs. In this capacity, he dealt with the foreign policy dimension of India’s international economic engagement, including membership of all plurilateral groupings and FTAs. Shri Bishnoi has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from BITS, Pilani and an MBA from IIM, Bangalore. Apart from English and Hindi, he is fluent in Spanish.

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