45% respondents admit to paying bribe: Survey

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New Delhi, Dec 9: About 45 per cent of the respondents admitted that they paid a bribe at least once in the past 12 months in a bid to get their work done, revealed an online survey jointly done by Transparency International India and a community-based social network LocalCircles.

The online survey was conducted across 11 states of the country covering 34,696 respondents on their perceptions about “change in levels of corruption over the last 12 months”, while 12,964 (about 37 per cent of respondents) surveyed in the 11 states believed that there was an increase in corruption during the period, news agency IANS reported.

As per the survey, around 15,622 persons (about 45 per cent) believed that it continued to be the same.

While, about 4,873 persons (about 14 per cent) said that they believed corruption reduced in the same period, while 1,235 (4 per cent) of those polled stated that they can’t say about a probable increase/decrease in corruption levels.

Further, in other two parallel polls, it was discovered that about  51 per cent of the respondents replied that their state did not take any measures in the last one year to curb corruption, while 45 per cent admitted that they paid a bribe at least once in the last 12 months in order to get their work done.


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