India has highest bribery rate in Asia pacific: Transparency International

A survey conducted by Transparency International has revealed that more than two-thirds of Indians are forced to pay a bribe to get public services.

India has highest bribery rate in Asia pacific: Transparency International

A survey conducted by Transparency International has revealed that more than two-thirds of Indians are forced to pay a bribe to get public services.

The survey says that India had the highest bribery rate among the 16 Asia Pacific countries surveyed.

The survey conducted by the renowned international anti-graft rights group revealed that 69% people in India said that they had to pay a bribe, followed by 65% in Vietnam.

Approximately 90 crore people, or just over one in four, across 16 countries in Asia Pacific, including some of its biggest economies like India and China, are estimated to have paid a bribe to access public services.

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

Across the Asia Pacific region, just 22% of the respondents thought that corruption had decreased while 40% of the respondents (41% in India) were of the option that it was on the rise.

In mainland China, 73% of the respondents felt that the level of corruption had worsened. This was the highest of any country surveyed.

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.