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Kerala least corrupt state, Bihar the worst

Press Trust of India

Posted: Jul 02, 2005 at 1106 hrs IST

Kerala has emerged as the country’s least corrupt state while the dubious distinction of being the worst in this regard went to Bihar, according to global corruption watchdog Transparency International's first state-wide analysis.

The India corruption study 2005 conducted by Transparency International India (TII) and Centre for Media Studies (CMS) said Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra - in that order - were the least corrupt states.

The study had a sample of 14,405 respondents in 151 cities and 306 villages across 20 states and covered 11 services including police, judiciary, schools and public distribution system. While Kerala topped in all the departments, Bihar was the last, it said.

The national capital Delhi was ranked 11th in the least corrupt state preceded by Chhattisgarh (6), Punjab (7), West Bengal (8), Orissa (9) and Uttar Pradesh (10).

Tamil Nadu was placed 12th followed by Haryana, Jharkhand, Assam, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

Jammu and Kashmir was placed very low at 19th position only to be followed by Bihar.

The analysis said Indians paid a whopping Rs. 21,068 crore as bribe last year for getting petty things done. This did not include contractors or their transactions involving procurement or tenders and dealings of corporates.

The report said police was the most corrupt department with people having to pay bribes for registering a complaint or getting bail.

"Eighty per cent of those who had interacted with police had paid bribe and Assam police is the most corrupt police in the country," it said.

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