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75 pc households feel corruption went up, 27 pc say paid bribe: Study

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Seventy five per cent households across 13 states feel that the level of corruption has increased or remained the same during the last one year, while 27 per cent confessed to paying a bribe to avail in the last one year, according to a new survey.

The 'Corruption Study' conducted by the covered more than 2,000 households from over 200 rural and urban clusters of 13 states -- Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Karantaka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Bengal.

The report covered 11 -- public distribution system (PDS), electricity, health, school education, water supply , services, police, judicial services, land/housing and transport and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS, only rural).

The study by CMS, a not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary development research and facilitative think-tank set-up in 1991, estimates that households in the 13 states that were part of the study would have paid between Rs 2,500 to Rs 2,800 crore during a year to avail these

People had to pay a bribe even for getting basic identification documents as seven per cent paid a bribe to get an Aadhaar card and three per cent to get a voter ID card, the report said.

The report was released by Prakash Singh, former of police, Uttar Pradesh, along with Dr N Bhaskara Rao.

"Corruption is a causative factor which contributed to turbulence in Assam, insurgency in Nagaland, the devastating terrorist movement in and separatist movement in Corruption causes disaffection among people and dissatisfaction with the system and has far-reaching consequences. In some cases, it can lead to toppling of governments," Singh said.

He said that corruption must be contained, else it would contain India's progress and development.

The report, however, said that between 2005 and 2018, there was a significant decline in households that experienced corruption. While 52 per cent households had said that they faced corruption in 2005, the number has reduced to 27 per cent this year.

The report also said that 73 per cent households in Telangana were asked to pay bribe to avail public services, while that number in the national capital stood at 29 per cent.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 19:40 IST