GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2985
ANSWERED ON MONDAY THE APRIL 22, 2013
Monitoring of Unfair Practices in Agriculture, Steel and Paper Sectors
2985. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of CORPORATE AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that the Competition Commission of India had recently monitored the agriculture, steel and paper sectors to see if players have indulged in unfair practices;
(b) if so, the details and the outcome thereof; and
(c) the action taken or proposed to be taken by Government in this regard?
THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) IN THE MINISTRY OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS
(SHRI SACHIN PILOT)
(a) Yes, Sir.
(b) & (c) In the agriculture sector, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) took suo-moto cognizance of abnormal increase in the prices of Onion, but have closed the matter as no contravention of the provisions of the Competition Act was found. The issue of cartelization in the trade of guar gum is under consideration.
In the paper sector, in the matter of Vijay Gupta vs. M/s. Paper Merchant Association (PMA) (Regd.), the CCI has held certain clauses in the PMA bye-laws to be anti competitive and directed such clauses to be deleted/suitably modified. One case pertaining to steel sector, received on transfer from erstwhile Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices(MRTP) Commission is under investigation in CCI.