As the world is evolving, we see how people are losing their morals too. Things like corruption and bribery have become so common that everyone turns a blind eye to it. Bribery refers to the exchanging of cash, materials or goods. This exchange is done to get some work done through illegal means or to fasten up the procedure. Although everyone opposes this concept, we all indulge in bribery of some kind.If you set out in the world to find someone who hasn’t ever given or accepted a bribe, you are highly unlikely to succeed. Bribery is around us and is prevalent in all the little and big things.
Bribery has a harmful impact on the growth of a country. It hinders the development of the economy and the country as a whole. We talk about equality amongst all and want equal opportunities for people but bribery stops this from happening.
However, it is a difficult task to complete as the government heavily depends on bribery for their income. The citizens are equally responsible as they are the ones offering bribes in one form or the other. When the citizens themselves stop bribing the officials, the government will have no choice but to not indulge in this crime.
Furthermore, we must teach children from an early age about honesty. We must make them aware of the consequences of giving it accepting the bribe. Thus, slowly and steadily we can eliminate this practice if all of us come together.
Somalia is the world’s most corrupt nation, according to Transparency International’s 2010 Corruption Perception Index.
The 2010 CPI shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption), indicating a serious corruption problem.New Zealand, Denmark and Singapore are the least corrupt countries in the world, according to Transparency International’s 2010 Corruption Perception Index. Stiff penalties against bribing government officials or accepting bribes are strictly enforced.Corruption has risen in India since 2008. In 2008, India was at the 85th position, it was ranked at 84 in 2009. African nations like Rwanda (66), Ghana (62), Namibia (56)and Botswana (33), which were perennially dogged by corruption — are now better off than of India in terms of transparency.
In the survey in 2017, Japan stood the lowest for corruption with only 0.2 per cent of the surveyed people saying that they had paid a bribe. This was in contrast to India where 69 per cent said that they had paid a bribe.
India fared badly even when compared to its neighbours on bribery rates according to the above TI survey. While in Pakistan four out of ten people said that they had paid a bribe, it was the lowest in Sri Lanka with only less than two people saying that they had paid a public official.
The survey claims that in the Asia Pacific region police figured at the top (30 per cent) in corruption followed by ID card services, courts, government schools, utilities and health services.
The same survey found that 73 per cent of the poorest said that they had paid the bribe while this figure was low for the richest at 55 per cent.
It is estimated that around one trillion US dollars is paid in bribes each year worldwide.
Both Nigeria and Afghanistan have signed the UN Convention Against Corruption. Seventeen countries have not signed it. “Corruption is nature’s way of restoring our faith in democracy.” (Peter Ustinov)
So far this year, the term “corruption scandal” has been used 279 times in the UK national press. Last year the figure for the same period was 140.
According to the UN $2.6 trillion are “stolen” annually through corruption. In other words, this is a shade lesser than India’s total gross domestic product (GDP).
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that the funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance. According to Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, India ranked 78 out of 180 countries in corruption in its ‘2018 Corruption Perceptions Index.’
According to another study done by Transparency International (TI) in 2017, around seven in ten people in India are said to have paid bribes for accessing basic public services.
All of us must collectively fight against this practice and begin practicing it from home. Next time you get caught by the traffic police, do not bribe the official, instead, pay the whole fine. Likewise, set an example for your children so they do the same.
Once Shakespeare, Henry VIII said- “Corruption wins not more than honesty.”