Govt must ensure corporate takeovers are fair, monopolies are not created: Congress

15 June,2024 01:45 PM IST |  New Delhi  |  mid-day online correspondent

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said that it is also the government`s responsibility to ensure that undue advantage arising out of access to political power is not exercised

Jairam Ramesh. File Pic


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It is the government's responsibility to ensure that competition among corporates is not stifled, oligopolies or monopolies do not emerge and corporate takeovers are free and fair, said the Congress on Saturday, reported news agency PTI.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said that it is also the government's responsibility to ensure that undue advantage arising out of access to political power is not exercised.

His comments came after the Adani Group acquired Penna Cements while strengthening its share in the cement sector in southern India.

"Aap chronology samajhiye (understand the chronology): September 2022: Adani acquires Ambuja Cements and ACC, to become country's second largest cement player. August 2023: Adani acquires Sanghi Industries, India's largest single-location cement unit. June 2024: Adani acquires Penna Cements, giving it substantial market share even in the last remaining region of South India," he said.

"Upcoming: Adani is exploring the acquisition of Saurashtra Cement, Vadraj Cement, and the cement business of Jaiprakash Associates," Jairam Ramesh claimed in a post on X.

Quoting former RBI deputy governor Viral Acharya, Jairam Ramesh said the noted financial economist had established that the five big conglomerates, including the Adani Group,? are building monopolies in 40 sectors, including in the cement sector.

"This growing monopolisation is linked to India's shaky economic growth, unemployment crisis, and high inflation. In 2015, when a common man used to spend Rs 100 on goods, Rs 18 would go as profit to the business owner? -- in 2021, the owner now gets Rs 36 in profits," Jairam Ramesh claimed.

"Firms must grow. Companies must expand. But at the same time, the government has a responsibility to ensure competition is not stifled, oligopolies or monopolies do not emerge, takeovers are free and fair, and undue advantage arising out of access to political power is not exercised," the Congress leader said in his post.

(With inputs from PTI)

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