75% households believe corruption increased in last 12 months: CMS-ICS 2018
27% households admit to paying bribe
by Nidhi Bhati
According to CMS-India Corruption Study (CMS-ICS) 2018, 75 per cent households across 13 states have the perception that the level of corruption in public services has either increased or remained same during the last one year. 27 percent have confessed that they paid a bride to avail a public service in the last 12 months. The CMS-ICS 2018 covered more than two thousand households from over 200 rural and 13 states including, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Punjab, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Rajasthan. For the study, 11 public services, public distribution system, electricity, health, school education, water supply, banking services, police, judicial services, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS, rural only) were covered. Compared to 2005 round, households experiencing corruption while availing any public services has come down from 52 per cent in 2005 to 27 per cent in 2018, the survey revealed.