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India tops bribing chart in Asia Pacific, beats Pakistan: Survey

Two-thirds Indians have to pay bribe, highest in A-Pac: Survey

Press Trust of India  |  Berlin/New Delhi 

India tops bribing chart in Asia Pacific, beats Pakistan: Survey

has got the dubious distinction of having the highest rate in the Pacific, with a survey revealed on Tuesday that more than two-thirds of Indians had to pay 'tea money' or fork out other forms of to get public services.

The survey, conducted by international anti-graft rights group Transparency International, found 69 per cent in as saying they had to pay a bribe, followed by 65 per cent in Vietnam. was much lower at 26 per cent while the same for was 40 per cent.

had the lowest incidence of -- at 0.2 per cent. also fared well at a mere 3 per cent.

However, it is which seems to have seen the highest increase, with 73 per cent in the survey saying the has gone up in their country over the past year while comes in at seventh place (41 per cent) -- higher than countries like Pakistan, Australia, Japan, Myanmar, and Thailand.

In the survey of more than 20,000 people in 16 countries spanning the region, an estimated 900 million said they had to pay a at least once in the past one year.

The police topped the list of public services most often demanding a while 38 per cent of the poorest surveyed said they paid a bribe, which is the highest proportion of any income group.

The survey asked people how often they had to pay a bribe, give a gift, or do a favour, including for the police, judge or court officials, teachers, hospital staff or a government official for getting some documents or services.

"Governments must do more to deliver on their anti-corruption commitments. It's time to stop talking and act. Millions of people are forced to pay bribes for public services and it is the poor who are most vulnerable," said Jose Ugaz, chair of Transparency International.

The results show that lawmakers across the region need to do much more to support whistleblowers and governments must keep promises to combat corruption, including their commitments to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, Transparency International said.

Ugaz further added that "without proper law enforcement corruption thrives. is not a small crime, it takes food off the table, it prevents education, it impedes proper healthcare and ultimately it can kill".

As part of a regional series for the Global Corruption Barometer, Transparency International spoke to nearly 22,000 people about their recent experiences with corruption in 16 countries and territories in the region.

First Published: Tue, March 07 2017. 13:07 IST