CCI reduces fee for filing complaints by individuals, NGOs

New Delhi: Anti-competition watchdog Competition Commission of India has slashed substantially the fee for filing complaints by individuals and NGOs to Rs 5,000 from Rs 50,000 earlier, making it affordable for the 'aam aadmi'.

Besides individuals and NGOs, consumer associations and cooperative societies too can lodge their complaints with the CCI by paying the discounted fee, the commission said in a notification.

Firms and companies having a turnover of less than Rs one crore would be required to pay a filing fee of Rs 20,000, the notification said.

The filing fee for others, however, would be retained at Rs 50,000.

"High fee should not work as a deterrent for the common man, company etc. to approach the Commission," CCI Chairman Dhanendra Kumar had earlier told agency.

Following operationalisation of the CCI, people can file complaints with regard to anti-competitive practices and abuse of dominance by corporate houses.

The Competition Act 2002, was enacted on January 13, 2003, with an aim to prevent practices that have adverse effect on competition; to promote and sustain competition in markets, to protect the interests of consumers and to ensure freedom of trade carried on by other market participants.

Bureau Report