The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been under immense pressure recently due to vacancies and an overwhelming workload. The CCI, which is the agency responsible for ensuring fair and healthy competition in the market, has been witnessing a surge in the number of cases filed over the years. However, the lack of manpower has been hampering its efficiency, leaving many stakeholders unhappy.

The CCI is an independent body that works towards keeping competitive markets in India. It was formed in 2003 under the Competition Act, and since then, has been trying to stop anti-competitive practices in sectors such as telecommunication, banking, and pharmaceuticals, among others. The agency has also been working towards preventing the abuse of a dominant position by companies, which can limit access to the market and stifle competition.

However, the CCI has been working under stress for a while now. The CCI currently has only five members, which is less than half of the mandated strength of 11. The positions for two members, including the chairperson, are currently vacant. This has been a cause of concern, as the remaining members are unable to handle the large number of cases that are being filed. These vacancies have resulted in the piling up of cases, overburdening the existing members, and eventually delaying the decision-making process.

Moreover, in recent years, the number of cases being filed with the CCI has been increasing. This is not a bad thing, as it shows increased awareness of anti-competitive practices in the market. However, the workload is taking a toll on the existing members, who are struggling to keep up with the burden. With the increasing workload, the CCI is also struggling to attract and retain professionals with the required expertise to deal with competition-related issues.

The vacancies and the workload have been impacting the effectiveness of the CCI. In some cases, the commission has not been able to complete investigations within the mandated timeframe of 90 days, leading to delays in the decision-making process. This has resulted in the affected companies continuing their anti-competitive practices, causing loss of business for the complainants.

Even the complainants have expressed concern regarding the delay as it leads to a loss of opportunity, business and raises costs. With the increasing complaints on the delays, the CCI is now increasingly in the spotlight and under pressure to take immediate action.

To mitigate the effect of having vacancies and a piling workload, the CCI has been taking some measures. It has been working towards making additional hires to fill the vacant positions as soon as possible, which will hopefully help reduce the workload. However, this process can take time and longer the wait, the worse the effects.

Moreover, the CCI has been working on creating awareness among the public and businesses about the importance of competition in the market. It hopes that by educating the stakeholders about anti-competitive practices, and their effects, fewer complaints will be filed, and the existing staff will be able to handle their workload better.

In conclusion, the pressure on the CCI because of vacancies and a workload has been affecting its efficiency. The CCI is the agency that ensures a competitive environment in India, and it is essential that it functions effectively. The piling workload and vacancies have been hampering its performance, leading to delayed decisions and complaints from stakeholders. The CCI must take immediate measures to rectify this problem, hire competent professionals to fill the vacancies, and take remedial measures to lighten the workload so that its effectiveness is not delayed, due to unwanted reasons undermining competition.