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“Political parties most currupt”

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
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transparency_international1A new report of Transparency International says political parties are the most corrupt institutions in Nepal.

Of 1,044 respondents surveyed, 53.7 per cent in Nepal said the political parties as the most corrupt institutions. The legislature and the police are in second and third position.

The report also reveals one in three South Asian who deals with public services are forced to pay bribe. The major reason for paying bribe was to speed things up to receive a service and avoid a problem.

Speaking at report release function in Kathmandu, Rukshana Nanayakkar, senior programme coordinator of TI for South Asia, said that bribe is a part of life in South Asia. “People are sick of paying bribes just to get on with their daily lives, and they are sick of sleaze and undue influence of public servants,” he said.

The report states people in Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka regularly have to pay bribes when dealing with their public institutions, be it to speed up paperwork, avoid problems with authorities such as the police, or simply access basic services.

According to the report, about over 2 per cent Nepali households have paid the highest amount Rs 3,500 per year and 18.8 per cent households paid approximately Rs 2,485 to Rs 35,429 as a bribe. The majority 32.2
per cent people had to pay less than Rs 2,000 in a year for receiving services from different sectors.

The report entitled “Daily Lives and Corruption, Public Opinion in South Asia” has named the business sector, media, public officials, judiciary, NGOs, religious bodies, military and education system as corruption-prone institutions in Nepal.

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