Recent surveys show that only 47 per cent of the people surveyed believe that in the past year corruption has increased. On the other hand 63% believe that the government has been doing a good job in tackling corruption. This number crunching aside, the recent Transparency International comment on India has not been too kind.
A country that some years back saw a massive nationwide campaign against graft led by crusader Anna Hazare, today faces the taint of having the highest bribery rate of 39% in the Asian region.
The Transparency International survey also highlights that India has the highest rate of people (46%) who used personal connections to access public services.
Interestingly 50 per cent of those who paid bribes were asked to, while 32 per cent of those using personal connections add they may not have received the service otherwise.
In the list of corrupt nations, following India are Cambodia, followed by Indonesia.
Maintaining a somewhat spotless image has been Maldives and Japan with lowest overall bribery rate, followed by South Korea (10%) and Nepal (12%).
Notably back in January earlier this year, in a report issued by Transparency International in a World Economic Forum event at Davos, India had been ranked 80th among 180 countries in the Corruption Perception Index.
The recently released survey report has been titled the ‘Global Corruption Barometer—Asia’. For the survey Transparency International surveyed 20,000 people across 17 countries spanning a timeframe between June and September. It covers a gamut of public services like police, courts, public hospitals, procurement of identity documents and utilities.