In the Asian region, India has emerged as having the highest bribery rate of 39% and the highest rate of people 46% who use personal connections to access public services. This is as per a recent survey-report released by Transparency International
The report read, “Nearly 50% of those who paid bribes were asked to, while 32% of those who used personal connections said they would not receive the service otherwise.”
According to the report, “Of the people surveyed in India, who came into contact with the police, 42% had paid bribes. The use of bribes was also rampant (41%) to obtain official documents such as identity papers. Use of personal connections was also largely made in dealings with the police (39%), procurement of identity documents (42%) and in relation to courts (38%).”
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In public services, bribery is continuing to plague India. The sluggish bureaucratic process, excessive red tape and unclear regulatory frameworks compel students to seek out alternate solutions to access basic services via networks of familiarity and petty corruption.
It suggests, “Both national and state governments need to streamline administrative processes for public services, implement preventative measures to combat bribery and nepotism, and invest in user-friendly online platforms to deliver essential public services quickly and effectively.”