Agenta National Conference on “Competition Regime – Benefiting the Consumer

National Conference on
“Competition Regime – Benefiting the Consumer”

October 20, 2010, Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India


09:30 – 10:00 Registration & Tea

10:00 – 11:15 Opening Session

    10:00 – 10:15 Welcome Address by Shri Dhanendra Kumar, Chairman, CCI

    10:15 – 10:30 Keynote Address by Prof. K V Thomas, Hon’ble Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution

    10:30 – 10:45 Inaugural Address by Shri Salman Khurshid, Hon’ble Minister of Corporate Affairs

    10:45 – 11:05 Presidential Address by Chief Guest Dr. M.Veerappa Moily, Hon’ble Minister of Law

    11:05 – 11:15 Vote of Thanks by Shri Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS

11:15 – 11:45 Tea break

11:45 – 13:15 Session I: Competition Law and the Consumer

  • Benefits of competition for consumer
  • International and domestic examples where competition has yielded better outcomes for consumers
  • Overview of Competition Act, 2002
    Chair : T K Viswanathan, Secretary General, Lok Sabha

    Presenter: Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS

    Panellists: Shantanu Dixit, Prayas, Pune

    TCA Srinivasa-Raghavan, Associate Editor, Business Line, New Delhi

    Sriram Khanna, Managing Trustee, VOICE, New Delhi

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch break

14:15 – 15:45 Session II: Anticompetitive practices and the Consumer

  • Anti-competitive practices in selected sectors
  • Redressal mechanism
    R. Bandyopadhyay, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs

    Presenter:Bibek Debroy, Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

    Panellists:Y.G Muralidharan, Managing Trustee, CREAT, Bangalore

    S Chakravarthy, former Member, MRTP Commission

    Pushpa Girimaji, Columnist, New Delhi

15:45 – 16:00 Tea/coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Session III: Consumer – Key stakeholder in the Competition Regime

  • Effective enforcement and consumer empowerment
  • Consumer awareness and advocacy
    Chair: Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS

    Presenter: Navneet Sharma, Director, CIRC, New Delhi;

    R Desikan, President, CAI, Chennai

    Ramaben Mavani, former Chairperson, CCC, Rajkot

    Raghav Narsalay, formerly with MGP, Mumbai

    17:30 – 18:30 Way forward and Valedictory Session
    1730-17:35 Welcome Address by Dhanendra Kumar, Chairman, CCI

    17:35-17:45 Way Forward by Pradeep S Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS

    17:45-17:55 Special Address by Hon’ble Justice. Ashok Bhan, Chairman National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission

    17:55-18:05 Presidential Address by Hon’ble Justice Arijit Pasayat, Chairman, Competition Appellate Tribunal

    18:05-18:25 Valedictory Address by Hon’ble Justice Altmas Kabir , Judge Supreme Court of India

    18:25-18:30 Vote of thanks by Rakesh Kacker, Additional Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs.