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    RTI brought marked decline in corruption in India: Study


    Jaipur, feb 1: Published by the Transparency International, India's corruption index showed a marked decline from 88 to 70th position. The single-most reason for the drop in corruption in government was attributed to the Right to Information Act.

    Right to Information (RTI) Act has served as a powerful weapon in fighting corruption which has shown a marked decline in the country, according to the latest Corruption Perception Index .

    Published by the Transparency International, India's corruption index showed a marked decline from 88 to 70th position. The single-most reason for the drop in corruption in government was attributed to the Right to Information Act.

    Mr George Cherian of the Centre for Consumer Action, Research & Training (CART) informed this at a semiar on ''One year of RTI in Rajasthan:Problems and possibilities'' here today.

    He said out of the 183 countries' corruption indices, India's index declined by 18 points compared to that in 2005 and the major reason attributed to this steep fall is the public scrutiny through Right to Information Act.

    Chief Information Commissioner of Rajasthan M D Kaurani, speaking on the occasion, emphasised the need for a separate executive wing and fund for the commission to make the implementation of the law more effective. He said at present the Home department is entrusted with the responsibility of execution and it is one among many responsibilites with the Home department. Besides, there is no separate fund allocated for RTI.

    He said the Commission would soon launch a helpline in the state and added that ''though the significance of the law has been acknowledged, there is need to make it more powerful and effective with more fund and staff''.

    Mr Venkatesh Nayak of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative(CHRI) and Mr Nikil Dey of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangatan also spoke on the occasion.

    deepikaglobal.com - National News Detail



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    I sincere hope in coming days, the service by governement department will improve considerably that citizen do not have to resort to RTI.

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    The study report of Transparency International and other organisations that corruption in India is reduced now is far from reality. On the contrary the corruption in India is increased. Then what about the study report ? They are following their old methods of identifying corruption and the modus operandii of coruption itself has changed. Earlier there wee not much problem in asking or accepting the bribe. Now due to various factors, the corrupt cannot ask bribe. They resort to a diferent system. They just donot ask any bribe. Instead, one find that his work delayed or not done and the corupt bureaucrate or other just pose various problems in getting the things done. If one make frequent visists, the Peon or someone like will approach the aggrived, sympathise with him and direct him to someone else who can help him. That person welcome him whole-heartedly and promissto arrange the things done for a consideration. He know how to accept the 'consideation' undetected and direct him to the corrupt person who has been not geting the things done sofar. In between things are arranged. When the aggrieved approach the corrupt public servant,things will be done with a comment that he is doing it out of sympathy and human considertion despite all his difficulties. He does not mention anything about the bribe. How will the Transparency International or other organisations engaged in the survey detect this bribe ? Right to Informatin Act has not made even a dent on the corruption due to corruption in the selection ofthe custodians itself. Unless we make the RTI Act effective by appointing honest and capable persons at the helm of affairs, Ke...zara...zara...

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    Unless we make the RTI Act effective by appointing honest and capable persons at the helm of affairs, Ke...zara...zara...---- correctly mentioned by the Hon'ble member.
    The problem is that those who are required to take proper action against the corrupt officials, are very much in favour of those officials' misdeeds. The Commissioners do not take any appropriate action against errant SPIOs , who are almost in all cases, with some exceptions, dedicated to serve the corrupts. This is my bitter experience of last about a year of RTI activities with around 45 representations to 5 Govt. departments. --- Abhijeet
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    In Kerala we do have an Information Commission with all his three ICs in a " disinformation spreading spree " even on the "Right to Know Day" viz., 28 September and "The Hindu " continuing with its new found mission of giving maximum coverage to it on next day itself least bothering to find out the hard realities on ground. One can understand dismal or non-performance by the SIC and neglect of RTI Act by the media to avert the wrath of bureaucrats vis-a-vis its survival. The present strategy is beyond the imagination of the Architect of the RTI Act.

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    India ranked 74 on world corruption index


    India ranked 74 on world corruption index

    As reported in Times of India, 26 Jun 2008, 1310 hrs IST,PTI


    NEW YORK: India has been ranked a lowly 74, two steps down since last year, among 180 countries of the world on the worldwide Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), prepared by independent international agency Transparency International.

    However, corruption is much higher in Pakistan which occupies 140th place, a little below Iran, Libya and Nepal which are ranked 133, 134 and 135 respectively.

    Meanwhile, China which was ranked a joint 72 with India in 2007, slided a step down to occupy a place above its neighbour this year.
    Among other Asian countries, Russia is placed still lower on 145, while Sri Lanka occupies the 96th position and Maldives is ranked 90.

    The least corrupt country in the region is the nascent democracy Bhutan, which has been placed at the 41st spot by the non-government organisation tracking prevalence of corruption worldwide.
    Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Singapore and Sweden corner the top five spots retaining positions as the least corrupt nations of the world, while bottom of table is occupied by Myanmar and Somalia.

    The United States also retains its position and is ranked 20th, just below Germany, Ireland, Japan and France. Besides, Britain occupies the 13th spot and is just ahead of Hong Kong.

    India ranked 74 on world corruption index-India-The Times of India

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    Re: RTI brought marked decline in corruption in India: Study


    " Published by the Transparency International, India's corruption index showed a marked decline from 88 to 70th position.
    Right to Information (RTI) Act has served as a powerful weapon in fighting corruption which has shown a marked decline in the country, according to the latest Corruption Perception Index ."



    If one goes through corruption Perception Figures,given by Transparency International, India has ,infact,slipped couple of positions downward towards more corruption (compare posts 1 and 6 above).
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    1 out of 3 poor people paid bribe for basic services: study


    1 out of 3 poor people paid bribe for basic services: study

    AS Reported by Anil Padmanabhan and Ruhi Tewari of Live Mint

    The study, by Transparency International India, the Indian arm of the activist group that works against corruption, and non-profit research organization Centre for Media Studies (CMS) in 2007, will be released on Saturday evening by the country’s vice president Mohammed Hamid Ansari.

    Conducted over the period of a year, the survey found that the perception of corruption in public services exceeds actual corruption. This is the first time that CMS, which has been conducting surveys on corruption since 2000, has studied the impact of corruption on poor people. “Our study estimates that about Rs9,000 million (Rs900 crore) have been paid as bribes by the poor. But claims of corruption are often exaggerated in India,” said Bhaskara Rao, chairman, CMS.

    “Usually, there is talk of corruption only at higher places since that is more glamorous though it is the poor that suffer the most due to corrupt government activities,” said Arvind Kejriwal, a right to information activist.

    However, Jairam Ramesh, minister of state for power, said he wasn’t sure the number of people affected by corruption was a third of those using public services. “I have not seen the study. Anyway, what can one say about such studies? We all know there is corruption at lower levels and we do not need studies to prove that. I am not denying that there must be some corruption at that level.

    However, whether the figure is one third or something else, is anybody’s guess,” said Ramesh.

    Most poor people are dependant on public services because they cannot afford to pay for private services.

    The basic services covered by the study are: public distribution system, hospitals, school education, electricity and water supply. It also covered need-based services: the national rural employment guarantee scheme which promises employment to poor, land records and registration, forests, housing, banking and police.

    Corruption, recent studies show, could actually have a bigger impact than earlier thought. Another Transparency International study, Global Corruption Report 2008: Corruption in the Water Sector, released on Wednesday, said corruption in the water sector is the root cause and catalyst for the global water crisis.

    anil.p@livemint.com


    1 out of 3 poor people paid bribe for basic services: study - Economy and Politics - livemint.com

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