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Governance [Paper-I]: Public Policy and Governance


  • LocalCircles and Transparency International India have concluded India Corruption Survey 2019 to ascertain the level of domestic corruption in the country and gather citizen pulse on corruption.
  • The survey received 190,000 responses from people located in 248 districts of India across 20 Indian states.

Key Highlights

  • According to 2018 Survey, 56% citizens of the country had paid bribes.
  • 2019 Survey reveals a definite and noticeable reduction in the number of times bribes are paid by the citizens either directly or indirectly. The reduced percentage of citizens is 51%.
  • Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2018 which was hailed as a force that would deter the Government employees from indulging in bribery has started to show some effects, as is evident from the numbers from this year’s survey.
  • Awareness about existing state hotlines/helplines to report corruption is still a big issue as 61% citizens in this year’s survey said that they were unaware of any such hotline in their state.
  • Although CCTVs are a slight deterrent, bribery still continues in Government offices despite major computerisation.
  • Property registration & land issues turned out to be the largest authority where citizens had to pay a bribe.
  • Cash is still the primary mode used to pay bribes with 35% saying they paid cash as bribes in the last 12 months to get their work done.
  • There has been no reduction in instances of bribery by police in the last 12 months.
  • Majority said that they paid bribes due to coercion or inefficiencies prevailing in Government offices.
  • Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Kerala, Goa and Odisha turned out to be the states where citizens reported low instances of corruption.
  • Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Punjab were the states where citizens reported higher instances of corruption.

[Source: Economic Times, Indian Express,]


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