Petty Corruption - Addl Inputs


Below are some of the key daily life corruption areas identified by you where the common citizen engages in bribery. If you have additional areas, please share your inputs!

Transparency International India

Petty corruption in daily life

1. We pay the agent at the RTO to get our work done faster
2. Bribing the clerk at the Government offices to get your files moving
3. Paying bribes at the registrar’s office
4. Unreserved passengers occupy vacant seats in reserved compartments and then bribe the TTE
5. We give money to the electricity department employees when they come to repair the lines
6. Water line men are paid to maintain constant supply in the colony/society
7. Gas cylinder delivery boy charges some money over the actual amount
8. MTNL/BSNL technicians would not respond to your call the next time, if you don’t give them some money
9. The police verification is not complete without a small bribe
10. We bribe the traffic policeman to let go
11. The postman wants a bribe when he delivers your passport. more  

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Bribes in VAO offices and RI are a regular routine when farmers and applications for OAP goes. They are more corrupted. VAO gets money for every signature he makes either for a chitta, adangal, etc. more  
Wherever possible, introduce technology where the consumer can do their transactions themselves, without having to face any of the service agents. As mentioned in some of the earlier comments, the main reason for petty corruption is that citizens either want to take shortcuts to get something done or do not want to wait for the process to complete or do not have the necessary documentation (RTO, Property). So, they are at fault and to cover their fault they bribe. and then they say "Ipaidbribe". more  
I have noticed that most of us Indians don't mind if we are benefitted by bypassing more deserving others. I know a lady who used to boast that she got some privilege 'through the back door'. We are ready to be pleased if we are given some undue advantage! Many sport their clout in places including those of worship where they have easy access to the points of importance ignoring others' rightful turn. And most importantly it is acceptable to and even appreciated by the society!
So we are a people who do not mind employing our advantages including our purses to usurp what is rightfully others'. Don't we do it even with God?
This situation is the ideal environment for small and medium corruption to thrive.
In order to overcome this difficulty the nation has to encourage honesty and righteousness in a big way! We need to make it advantageous, more profitable to be a good citizen. Instead of punishing bribe givers give them an incentive for exposing bribery. After all they are the best witnesses in such crimes.
Let us make it worth while for individuals to fight corruption. Let us change the law so that it will even become remunerative to pursue it as an occupation.
Mind you, we will have the leaders of a large group of people - the political class and the public 'servants' - opposing such movements. But in our democracy the people's will ultimately wins. I has always won. Only thing is that we must know what is RIGHT.


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It is people's mentality to how they can get the things done for themselves. If they follow the rule, no one can take bribe. For example why the stampede happens, only due to people's selfishness that they can go first to get Darshan/Puja etc. If the follow the rule to go in queue, every thing will go smoothly. more  
I appreciate this opportunity to submit a response.

Bribery starts with those who bribe, and will end with those who bribe.

Best regards,
Gaurav Sobti more  
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