How widespread is corruption in Asia: 1 in 3 poor Indians pay bribes for essential services

Courtesy Eideard Blog

One out of every three families living below the poverty level in India paid a bribe last year for basic public services, like admitting a family member into a hospital.

The report by Transparency International India and the Center for Media Studies said poor people in India paid about $210 million in bribes last year to the police, schools, hospitals and power companies.

The bribes were for basic services, the report said: to file a police report, to enroll a child in school, to admit a family member into a hospital or to get electricity turned on.

“This kind of corruption that denies people their entitlement to basic and need based services, many of which may be ‘free’ by law, results in the poor finding themselves at the losing end of the corruption chain,” said R. H. Tahiliani of Transparency International India.

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