Bribes paid for getting International Drivers Permit and passports
HYDERABAD: A survey conducted by the Association for India’s Development (AID) among the Non Resident Indian delegates who attended the just concluded Telugu Association of North America (TANA) conference revealed that 81 per cent of them had paid bribes at various stages in India.
A booth set up by the AID at TANA conference as part of its anti-corruption campaign highlighted the results of a survey conducted on July 7. The NRIs said they had bribed the authorities for getting International Drivers Permit and passports while leaving India.
At the time of re-entering India, they had to pay bribes at the Customs and during their stay in India for getting land records.
A shocking feature of the survey was that 75 per cent of the NRIs at the TANA conference have not heard of the Right to Information (RTI) Act that increased transparency and accountability of governance in India. An NRI delegate highlighted how one of his family members suffered delay in payment of pension as he refused to pay bribe.
But they were pleasantly surprised when the AID volunteers informed them that the RTI Act has been successfully used by common people in India to get pensions, ration cards etc without paying bribes. They informed the gathering that the Indian embassy in Washington DC has begun to accept RTI applications.
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