True: 46 percent of people in West Bengal admitted to paying bribes.

By: Devika Kandelwal
December 16 2020

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True: 46 percent of people in West Bengal admitted to paying bribes.

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About 46 percent of people in West Bengal who took part in a country-wide survey on corruption admitted to paying bribes.

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About 46 percent of people in West Bengal who took part in a country-wide survey on corruption admitted to paying bribes. According to a survey whose report was published in December 2019, about 46 percent of people in West Bengal, who took part in a country-wide survey on corruption, admitted to paying bribes to get their work done in the past 12 months, lower than the national average of 51 percent. The survey was conducted by LocalCircles and anti-graft body Transparency International India. The report further shows that of the 2,500 respondents in West Bengal, 36 percent gave bribes several times while 10 percent had to give it once or twice. The survey was carried out in 20 states. People in Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Kerala, Goa, and Odisha reported low corruption instances. Simultaneously, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, and Punjab had higher occurrences of corruption, it stated. In November 2020, according to a survey released by global civil society Transparency International, India has the highest rate of bribery and use of personal links to access public services such as healthcare and education in Asia. “India has the highest overall bribery rate (39%) and the highest rate of citizens using personal connections (46%), following India, Indonesia and China have the second and third highest rates of people using personal connections with 36% and 32% respectively.” says the report titled “Global Corruption Barometer – Asia."

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