Southern States Most Corrupt: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu top the list

A survey conducted by Centre for Media Studies has revealed that Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Jammu Kashmir and Punjab thrive on corruption in accessing public services

New Delhi: Petty corruption in the country between 2013 and 2017 has been on a decline, found a new survey. The survey conducted by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS), said that the perception and experience of corruption in public services have been on a decline.

The study was released by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy. Around 3,000 households from over 200 rural and urban clusters of 20 States were surveyed as part of this.

Three south Indian States Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu; Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab were amongst the first ten States that experienced corruption in accessing public services. While Karnataka stood first with 77% of corruption, Andhra Pradesh 74%, Tamil Nadu 68%, Maharashtra 57%, Jammu Kashmir 44%, and Punjab with 42%.
The households across 20 States paid a bribe of Rs. 6350 crores in 2017 against 20,500 crores in 2005, to access 10 public services, the report said.

The key reasons for paying a bribe to access a public service remained the same between 2005 and 2017, said CMS chairman N Bhaskara Rao. This only points out that ground level issues were not taken into consideration while addressing corruption, he added.

Saying that they were producing reports on corruption for several years, Rao told that they wanted the NITI Aayog to take note of these as they are the policy makers.

Bihar (74%), Jammu, Kashmir (69%), Odisha (60%), Rajasthan (59%) and Tamil Nadu (59%) were the most corrupt cases in 2005, said CMS.

The institution also held a telephonic survey in January on the impact of demonetization with a random selection across 20 States. While fifty percent respondents felt the level of corruption between November –December last year has reduced, 12 percent opined that graft has increased during that time, while 21 per cent felt that there was no change in the situation, explained the survey.

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