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Graft on the rise, politicians, police most corrupt: survey

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Seventy-four per cent Indians feel that the level of in the country has gone up in the last three years and perceive and to be the most corrupt, according to a survey.

The survey, released by Transparency International, found that 64% Indians bribed police for one reason or the other while 55% felt that the government was ineffective in the fight against corruption.

Majority of Indians opined that politicians and police are the most corrupt in the country who have to be bribed to speed up work, avoid problems with authorities or to access basic services, the anti-graft watchdog said in a release.

More than 48% of those surveyed perceived political parties to be the most corrupt institution, 34.2% said parliament and legislature were corrupt bodies while 40.4% perceived police to be corrupt.

The findings are based on survey of 7,500 people conducted between 2010 and 2011 in India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka seeking views on nine pubic services, including police, judiciary, tax revenues, utilities and education.

While releasing India specific results of the survey, the anti-graft body, however, did not provide number of people surveyed in India.

Sixty-three per cent of those surveyed said they paid bribes to land service officials while 62% said they paid bribe for registry and permit services.

About India, it said "on an average, people in the highest income quintile were more likely to pay bribes than the lowest income quintile".

Since the people think corruption is on the rise and are agitating to take action against it as is evident from their on-going protests for the enactment of a strong Lokpal, it said.

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