Delhi Paid Bribes Over Rs200 Crores In The Last Year

20/10/2015 10:28 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Residents of Delhi paid bribes worth around Rs239.26 crore between July 2014-2015, and on an average a household in the capital had to pay a bribe amount of Rs2486, according to a survey conducted by CMS Transparency, an anti-corruption watchdog, based in Saket.

"Nearly 30 percent of Delhi households had paid bribe at least once during the last 12 months," the report found.

The highest amount of bribe paid was Rs45,000 "to get the building plan sanctioned" from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), and the least amount paid was Rs20 "to replace gas pipe connected to the cylinder."

The highest percentage of households reported paying bribe was in police services (39 percent) and the least in LPG connection for domestic use (one percent), the report said.

Around eight percent of Delhi residents seeking driving license were denied services because they refused to or were unable to pay a bribe, according to the report, and this figure was six percent in the case of Building Plan Sanction, and five percent in case of the Delhi police.

"Perception" about corruption in a particular public service was highest in the Delhi Police, the report said.

The highest percentage of households felt that corruption had increased in services related to domestic cooking gas-LPG (49 percent) followed by electricity (48 percent) and water supply (45 percent).

The report also found that around 20 percent of Delhi households felt that the level of corruption in public services has increased during the last one year, and around 39 percent feel that there is no change.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who came to power on the promise of making the capital corruption-free, tweeted about the report on Monday. "Nearly half of Delhi’s respondents in a survey on corruption said it had decreased," he said.

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