Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s famous promise of “Na khaunga, na khaane dunga” has utterly failed. The self-claimed Chowkidaar has failed to protect its people from the clutches of corruption and stop his own people from indulging in the same.
A recently-conducted study by CMS in 13 states shows that 75 percent households have the perception that the level of corruption in public services has increased during the last 12 months. People also believe that the Modi government is not serious about fighting corruption. “Perception about Union Government’s commitment to reduce corruption in public services has seen a decline from 41 percent in 2017 to 31 percent in this round (2018),” the study read.
The study covered 13 states including, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal. It also covered 11 public services.
Key findings of the report are:
- In CMS-ICS 2018, 75 percent households have the perception that the level of corruption in public services has either increased or remained same during the last 12 months.
- 27 percent households experienced corruption at least once while availing any one of the 11 public services covered in CMS-ICS 2018.
- Among states, 73% households in Telangana, 38% in Tamil Nadu, 36% in Karnataka, 35% in Bihar, 29% in Delhi, 23% in Madhya Pradesh; 22% in Punjab and 20% households in Rajasthan experienced demand for bribe or had to use contacts/middlemen, to access the public services.
- Among public services, where households experiencing corruption while availing its services was high during the last 12 months include, transport (21%), Police (20%), housing/land records (16%) and health/hospital services (10%).
- While 99% of the respondents had Aadhaar but 7% of them paid bribe to get it. In case of Voter ID, around 92 percent had one but 3 percent paid bribe to get the Voter ID made. This is high and reflects continued malice.
- Perception about Union Government’s commitment to reduce corruption in public services has seen a decline from 41% in 2017 to 31% in this round (2018).
- Compared to previous rounds, the reasons for paying bribe continues to be the primary services which public services offer such as get/renew driving license; registering complaint/FIR registered; getting PDS/ration card; as in-patients; school admission; correction of inflated bills, are the specific services sought.
- Dependency on public services for essential services continues to be high for general public. More than 70 percent households interacted with public services such as electricity, hospital and PDS. As high as 84% of households interacted with the banking services while households interacting with Judiciary services was least (12%) in the last one year. As compared to 2008 round, the households interacting with banking services increased more than two times-from 38% to 84%.