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.
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.