Each year, India figures in the list of most corrupt nations, with only a handful of economies beating us to the nadir.
Are we corrupt as a country? That is a question that would not perhaps need answering. Each year, India figures in the list of most corrupt nations, with only a handful of economies beating us to the nadir. A recent addition to such lists is the Transparency International’s survey of Asia-Pacific nations. According to the survey, India has been ranked the most corrupt country in the region, with more than two-thirds of the respondents having paid bribe or “tea money” to government officials, followed by Vietnam at 65%. China (26%) and Pakistan (40%) were both less corrupt.While the sample size is certainly small (just 20,000 respondents), it does not change the fact that there is a high incidence of bribery in the country.
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To tackle corruption, the government did prescribe demonetisation, but that hasn’t had much of an impact as, much like consumption, incidence of bribery has just been delayed by a quarter. What the government needs now is a more concerted approach, where it needs to change systems—the move towards digital is one such approach. But before we delve into whether we can tackle the problem or not, there needs to be acceptance of the fact that corruption is indeed a serious problem.