50% Indian Pay Bribe


NEW DELHI, Nov 10 (AFP) - Almost 50 percent of Indians using government services end up paying bribes, according to a recent survey commissioned by India's Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

But only 20 percent actually filed complaints against such corrupt practices.

The study was carried out by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS), which interviewed 2,576 visitors to government offices in five cities across the country from October 31 to November 4.

More than 60 percent of respondents said the problem of corruption was not being tackled seriously and that the judiciary was largely ineffective.

Most of the respondents agreed the offices for securing driving licenses and civil supplies were the most corrupt in all five cities -- New Delhi, Lucknow, Madras, Hyderabad and Pune.

One-third of respondents admitted to using "influence or favour" to get the service they needed.

The survey noted that members of the business community and the self-employed topped the list of bribe givers.

According to the survey, the government departments in Lucknow and Hyderabad were the most corrupt.

About 42 percent of people said the departments operated "middle men" who acted as a paid conduit between the public and officials.

The public departments covered by the survey included electricity and telephone boards, civil supplies, driving license and local urban development offices.