Challenger Award for National Significance

Rajesh Bhushan

Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

SKOCH Challenger Award for National Significance

Mr Rajesh Bhushan

Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

New Delhi, 18th June 2022

Chief Justice Misra, the 45th Chief Justice of India, has had a long and illustrious career serving the nation in various judicial capacities including that of the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court (2009) and Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court (2010).

Having served at the Bar as a practicing advocate for 19 years, since 1977, practicing Constitutional, Civil, Criminal, Revenue, Service and Sales Tax matters at the Orissa High Court and the Service Tribunal. He was called to the Bench and appointed as an Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court in 1996 and was subsequently transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court in 1997. Chief Justice Misra received a permanent judgeship in 1997. He was sworn in as the Chief Justice of India (CJI) in August 2017.

L to R: Sameer Kochhar, Chairman, SKOCH Group; Mr Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

Chief Justice Misra’s gavel thundered the Supreme Court as he gave several notable judgments for individual freedoms and personal liberties in India. From holding that the right to reputation is a constituent of Article 21 and therefore a fundamental right; Declaring Sabarimala open to women of all ages; declaring Section 377 and Section 497 of the IPC to be unconstitutional and Bringing greater transparency and accountability to the Supreme Court through live streaming. He also ensured justice was delivered by upholding the executions of the Nirbhaya perpetrators and Yakub Menon.

Acceptance Speech Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

SKOCH Challenger Award

SKOCH Award, independently instituted in 2003, is India’s honest civilian honour conferred by an independent organisation as a third party assessment. It is the only award in the country that is based on felt-needs assessment and outcome evaluation based on evidence. It therefore, recognises people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation. 

SKOCH Challenger Award is non-competitive and conferred for having made a definitive impact on governance improvement and growth of India. These are based on primary research and recommendations by the Collegium of past SKOCH Challenger Awardees and the Distinguished Fellows of SKOCH Development Foundation. 

SKOCH Challenger Award comes with a backing of reputation of more than two decades. It is distinctive for its approach of selection of awardees. The SKOCH Challenger Award not only acknowledges exceptional achievers – organisations and individuals – but also spurs institutional guidance and best practices. 


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