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Politicians, police most corrupt: Survey

Last Updated: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 23:24

New Delhi: Seventy-four per cent Indians
feel that the level of corruption in the country has gone up
in the last three years and perceive politicians and police to
be the most corrupt, according to a survey.
The survey, released by Transparency International, found
that 64 per cent Indians bribed police for one reason or the
other while 55 per cent 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 per cent of those surveyed perceived
political parties to be the most corrupt institution, 34.2 per
cent said parliament and legislature were corrupt bodies while
40.4 per cent 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

63 per cent of those surveyed said they paid bribes to
land service officials while 62 per cent 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


First Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 23:24

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