I had to leave and had no option, except putting that cash inside it. Corruption is a massive problem in India, an everyday occurrence for almost everyone. The poor are forced to pay bribes for services they are legally entitled to, rickshaw drivers pay bribes to police who themselves pay bribes to get a job and contractors pay bribes to politicians and officials.
An inquiry is under way into the preparations for the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi, which were rocked by allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Transparency International, which campaigns against corruption, compiles a report on the perceived level in different countries. In its most recent report, which listed Somalia, Burma and Afghanistan as the most corrupt, and New Zealand, Denmark and Singapore as the least, India was placed 87th out of countries.
Already, I Paid A Bribe has had some success. In Bangalore, transport commissioner Bhaskar Rao asked Janaagraha to provide a list of complaints against his department. He has now issued warnings to 20 senior officers accused of partaking in bribes.
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