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India Four in 10 Indians paid a bribe in last one year, finds survey

18:56  03 november  2016
18:56  03 november  2016 Source:   hindustantimes.com

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In 2013, the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy estimated that every second Indian who dealt with a government department paid a bribe (Representative image). Four in 10 Indians paid a bribe to police, municipal and state government officials over the last year

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Four in 10 Indians paid a bribe to police, municipal and state government officials over the last year, a ‘state of corruption’ survey by a citizen engagement platform has found.

Of the 43% respondents who reported paying a bribe to the survey by LocalCircles, 23% said they paid bribes on multiple occasions during the 12-month period while 20% paid money once or twice.

About 31% of the bribes went to police, 32% to municipal officials, 6% to power department officials and 31% to other departments for services such as property and vehicle registration, vehicle and taxation.

Another 22% said they decided against paying bribe, while the remaining, about 35% of the 11,300 respondents, said there was no need for them to pay bribe.

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NEW DELH: A survey across 11 states in India by corruption watchdog Transparency International saw 45% of the respondents claim they paid a bribe at least once in the past year to get work done. The share was 43% in a similar survey last year . Nearly 37% of the 34,696 respondents felt

The ' India Corruption Survey 2019', which received 1 ,90,000 responses from people in 248 districts, also stated that 51 per cent Indians paid bribe in Thirty-five per cent of the respondents said they gave cash as bribe in the last 12 months to get their work done, it stated and added that 16 per cent

“Most people or organisations have to deal on a daily basis with state and local administration, this is where corruption is the heaviest as our poll also shows,” said K Yatish Rajawat, chief strategy officer of LocalCircles.

The findings are in line with previous studies.

In 2013, the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy estimated that every second Indian who dealt with a government department paid a bribe. Last year, the Centre for Media Studies estimated that every third household in Delhi had paid up to avail public services during 2014.

Clearly, stand-up comedian Kapil Sharma, who tweeted in August about having to pay a Rs 5 lakh bribe despite paying Rs 15 crore in taxes, wasn’t the only one.

Sharma later got into trouble, as it transpired that he had violated a few laws while building his office. He was booked under environmental law and if convicted, could have to spend up to three years in jail.

Jail for bribe-givers

Other bribe-givers too could land in a mess soon. A jail sentence will be the norm once Parliament clears a change to the anti-corruption law pending from last year.

Under this proposal – approved by a parliamentary panel in August – people who pay bribes can be imprisoned for three to seven years. It will not matter if the person was coerced to pay or colluded with the officials.

Silver lining

Over two-third of the respondents felt technology, social media and participative governance approaches could reduce corruption in varying degrees over a five-year period. The remaining 32% believed these would either not have any effect or a very limited one.

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NEW DELH: A survey across 11 states in India by corruption watchdog Transparency International saw 45% of the respondents claim they paid a bribe at least once in the past year to get work done. The share was 43% in a similar survey last year . Nearly 37% of the 34,696 respondents felt

Last Update on: 18/01/2020 @ 11:00AM. 07:08Shurooq. Abu Dhabi. More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year , a watchdog said Tuesday, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region.

  Four in 10 Indians paid a bribe in last one year, finds survey © Provided by Hindustan Times   Four in 10 Indians paid a bribe in last one year, finds survey © Provided by Hindustan Times

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