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New Delhi : Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 26, 2021, her virtually inaugurated the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) Regional Office (South) at Chennai, Tamilnadu,  in the presence of Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Anurag Singh Thakur.

Rajesh Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ashok Kumar Gupta, Chairperson CCI Dr Sangeeta Verma, and B S Bishnoi, Members CCI, S Ghosh Dastidar, Secretary, CCI, and officers of CCI attended this virtual inauguration ceremony.

Ashok Kumar Gupta, chairperson, CCI, welcomed Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and expressed his gratitude to her for inaugurating the Chennai Office of CCI. He emphasised that the Regional Office in Chennai is a step towards augmenting CCI’s regional presence and fulfil its duties as a federal regulator by engaging closely with States being important stakeholders in fostering greater competition in the economy.

The Chennai Office of CCI will act as an office to facilitate enforcement, investigation, advocacy function in coordination with Delhi office. This regional office will cater to the requirements of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and the Union Territories Puducherry and Lakshadweep.

Finance Minister Sitharaman expressed satisfaction in the efforts of CCI and stressed the need to be a facilitator in the efforts of economic growth and development.