56% women faced corruption in public services in a year: Study

  • Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 08, 2014 00:42 IST

Over half of the women respondents (56%) shared that they or any member of the household experienced corruption at least once during the last 12 months, a study on access of women to certain basic and essential public services released on Friday said.

The CMS-India Corruption Study (CMS-ICS 2013) focuses on access of women to certain basic and essential public services. CMS has been conducting regular studies on corruption capturing both experience and perception at household levels since 2001.

The 2013 study focused on eight public services - drinking water, electricity, public distribution system (PDS), public health/hospital care, housing, municipal, police and judiciary. The data collection for CMS-ICS 2013 was carried out between April and September 2013. The states covered were Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan. From each state, a sample of around 300 households was covered. From each selected household, an adult female member was interviewed.

Maintaining that majority of women during the last one year had interacted with at least half of the eight public services, the study found that 8 out of every 10 households, who were asked to pay bribe, had no option and paid bribe to avail the desired public service.

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The states covered were Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan.
The data collection for CMS-ICS 2013 was carried out between April and September 2013
From each state, a sample of around 300 households was covered.
From each selected household, an adult female member was interviewed.

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