Bhubaneswar: Odisha was adjudged to be one of the least corrupt states in India where the instances of bribery have reduced by 10 per cent in comparison to last year. This was revealed in India Corruption Survey 2019; conducted by LocalCircles in collaboration with Transparency International India.
Along with Odisha, Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, West Bengal, Kerala, and Goa were the states were citizens reported low instances of corruption. Meanwhile, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Jharkhand and Punjab were the states where citizens reported higher instances of corruption.
The percentage of citizens who paid a bribe this year has come down to 51% compared to 56% last year. This number stood at 45% in the year 2017.
The survey, conducted across 248 districts of India, said that less than 49 percent of Odisha residents paid a bribe in any kind to get their work done. And if they did pay, it was mostly for property registration and land-related issues.
India Corruption Survey 2019 was undertaken to ascertain the level of domestic corruption in the country and gather citizen pulse on corruption. The survey took opinion from people across the nation, across all genders and their demographic status.
The survey has been lauded by the general public and is said to reflect the ideology of a corruption-free government pushed by Odisha’s Chief Minister for the fifth time- Naveen Patnaik. Patnaik’s ambitious people-friendly ‘Mo Sarkar’ programme under the 5T (Teamwork, technology, transparency, transformation and time limit) charter is all about bringing the administration to the common public. Based on a performance review, scores of government staff have already been relieved of their services as part of the initiative to ensure accountability.