Two-thirds Indians have to pay bribe, highest in Asia Pacific: Survey

In the survey of more than 20,000 people in 16 countries spanning the Asia-Pacific region, an estimated 900 million said they had to pay a bribe at least once in the past one year.

By: PTI | Berlin/new Delhi | Published:March 7, 2017 1:58 pm
Japan had the lowest incidence of bribery — at 0.2 per cent. (File)

India has got the dubious distinction of having the highest bribery rate in the Asia Pacific, with a survey showing today that more than two-thirds of Indians had to pay ‘tea money’ or fork out other forms of bribe to get public services.

The survey, conducted by international anti-graft rights group Transparency International, found 69 per cent in India as saying they had to pay a bribe, followed by 65 per cent in Vietnam. China was much lower at 26 per cent while the same for Pakistan was 40 per cent.

Japan had the lowest incidence of bribery — at 0.2 per cent. South Korea also fared well at a mere 3 per cent.

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However, it is China which seems to have seen the highest increase, with 73 per cent in the survey saying the bribery has gone up in their country over the past year while India comes in at seventh place (41 per cent) — higher than countries like Pakistan, Australia, Japan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

In the survey of more than 20,000 people in 16 countries spanning the Asia-Pacific region, an estimated 900 million said they had to pay a bribe at least once in the past one year.

The police topped the list of public services most often demanding a bribe while 38 per cent of the poorest surveyed said they paid a bribe, which is the highest proportion of any income group.

The survey asked people how often they had to pay a bribe, give a gift, or do a favour, including for the police, judge or court officials, teachers, hospital staff or a government official for getting some documents or services.

“Governments must do more to deliver on their anti-corruption commitments. It’s time to stop talking and act. Millions of people are forced to pay bribes for public services and it is the poor who are most vulnerable,” said Jose Ugaz, chair of Transparency International.

The results show that lawmakers across the region need to do much more to support whistleblowers and governments must keep promises to combat corruption, including their commitments to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, Transparency International said.

Ugaz further added that “without proper law enforcement corruption thrives. Bribery is not a small crime, it takes food off the table, it prevents education, it impedes proper healthcare and ultimately it can kill”.

As part of a regional series for the Global Corruption Barometer, Transparency International spoke to nearly 22,000 people about their recent experiences with corruption in 16 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region.

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  1. P
    Mar 7, 2017 at 10:30 am
    Where is Lokpal even after3 years .DM will not solve briber or corruption
    1. S
      Mar 7, 2017 at 9:01 am
      Untill unless the system in all departments in India is not changed even GOD can not stop corruptions in India
      1. A
        Mar 7, 2017 at 9:52 am
        1. B
          Mar 7, 2017 at 9:17 am
          So what? This is Lakshmi Puja!! Devi will be pleased
          1. Y
            Mar 7, 2017 at 9:34 am
            Wonder who the one third who haven't paid bribes!? :(
            1. H
              Himanshu Himanshu
              Mar 7, 2017 at 9:53 am
              I would really like to know who the 31% people in India are, who have never had to pay any bribe to get things done. maybe, they were never required to do things by themselves...
              1. I
                Mar 7, 2017 at 1:55 pm
                We have to pay bribes since if we don't our files will not move. When i was back in Kerela for a land problem, the state government, then a Left Front government had laudably clamped down on thesildar or land offices for approving double or triple s of the same plot of land, and all kind of hanky panky, but the officials retaliate by raising all sorts of problems for legitimate transactions, going through the minuatae of every dot and thitle, a go slow in fact. I saw people coming from villages far away, sleeping at bus stations only to be told that some x, or y was missing, sometimes three or four times over. In other countries such as Malaysia, when we sometimes pay a bribe its green lights all the way. The officials are sometimes apologetic about it, but we have no trouble seeing the transaction through. Only in India do we have to pay only to find later that there are another set of fellows to bribe. If Modi wants to do something good, he can do no better than seeing that land offices and corporations do their bloody jobs without unduly haring the common man.
                1. J
                  Mar 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm
                  It starts right from the top - our Neta's and works it way downwards. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Need money for the election campaign so take money from corporate houses and other places (e.g. getting jobs which can generate revenue - customs). So if the person pays money to get a job he then tales money from the common man to recover his is a vicious cycle but it starts from the;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Modi promised anti-corruption but facts that have come to light e.g. Sahara have proved he is no different. Por promises - Jumla's but no real action against corruption.
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