Richa Mishra vs State of Chhattisgarh - Supreme Court Case
Richa Mishra vs State of Chhattisgarh - Supreme Court Important Judgment 2016 -
On 8th February, 2016, in the case of Richa Mishra vs State of Chhattisgarh and Ors. [Civil Appeal No. 274 of 2016], while examining an issue pertaining to appointment for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police, the Bench held that “when affirmative actions are taken by lawmaker, in the form of subordinate legislation, they need to be enforced appropriately so that the purpose that is intended is suitably achieved.” In the facts and circumstances of this case, it was held that “the intention of rule making authority was, and it continues to be so, to give benefit to age relaxation to women candidates and thus, the appellant was entitled to age relaxation as per Rule 4 of Madhya Pradesh Civil Services (Special Provision for appointment of women) Rules, 1997 read with State Services Examination, 2003 and she was, therefore, eligible to be considered for the post of Dy.S.P.
The Bench observed that “there is a bidirectional relationship between economic development and women's empowerment defined as improving the ability of women to access the constituents of development-in particular health, education, earning opportunities, rights, and political participation.” It was further observed that “economic development, however, is not enough to bring about complete equality between men and women. Policy action is still necessary to achieve equality between genders.”