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According to the CMS-India Corruption Study 2018: 2015 to 2018-How well are states placed? , please click here to access:

• The CMS-ICS 2018 has covered both rural and urban locations of 13 states and 11 public services.

• The present report finds that 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.

• Compared to 2005 round, households experiencing corruption while availing any of the ten public services has come down by almost half-from 52 percent in 2005 to 27 percent in 2018.

• Among states, 73 percent households in Telangana, 38 percent in Tamil Nadu, 36 percent in Karnataka, 35 percent in Bihar, 29 percent in Delhi, 23 percent in Madhya Pradesh; 22 percent in Punjab and 20 percent 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 percent), Police (20 percent), Housing/ land records (16 percent) and Health/ hospital services (10 percent). Less than one percent of the households experienced corruption in banking services.

• While 99 percent of the respondents had Aadhaar but 7 percent 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 percent in 2017 to 31 percent in this round (2018).

• Grouping of States by People's Perception and Experience with Corruption while availing Public Services put Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan among the ‘poor performing’ while West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar among the ‘better performing’ states.

• States’ position on the basis of Citizen Activism-Use of RTI; online complaint registering; participation in public protest rally against corruption; Use of Digital payment gateway, having Aadhaar- Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Bihar and Telangana among ‘better performing’ states and states namely, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, among ‘poor performing’. 

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