A latest survey carried out by a private think-tank suggests that Karnataka is the most corrupt state in India. Center for media studies released the results of its eleventh round of annual corruption study, ‘The CMS annual corruption study 2017’ on last Thursday.
The survey claims that people in Karnataka faced most corruption in accessing public services. According to the study more than 77% citizens of Karnataka claimed of facing corruption.
The survey was conducted throughout 2017 in across 20 states including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Punjab, and more than 3,000 households from both rural and urban.
The survey results further claim that Andhra Pradesh is the second most corrupt state after Karnataka, where 74% people have claimed of facing corruption followed by Tamil Nadu (68%), Maharashtra (57%), Jammu and Kashmir (44%) and Punjab (42%).
CMS further said that they carried out a separate telephonic survey during January of last year to get an idea of public’s perception about Demonetization’s impact on corruption.
“More than half of the respondents felt the level of corruption decreased during that period (November-December last year) while 12% opined that graft had increased in that period 21 per cent felt it had remained the same,” the survey said.
At the launch of the survey results, NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy said, “Big-ticket corruption is linked with electoral reforms.”
The Chairman of CMS, N Bhaskara Rao said, “We have been producing reports on corruption for many years. We wanted the NITI Aayog to take note of this, as they are the policy makers.”
The survey report suggesting Karnataka as the country’s most corrupt state just months before the assembly elections may come across as a big setback for the Congress party’s Siddaramaiah government. While it won’t be surprising if opposition parties and especially the BJP picks up the issue to target the current regime. State assembly elections will take place in Karnataka later this year.