52% in JK believe demonetisation didn’t hit corruption
Srinagar, Jan 05: Nearly 52 per cent of the state’s households believe the demonetisation has not impacted corruption in the government sector, a survey by the Centre for Media Studies’ India Corruption Study (CMS-ICS) suggests. To capture citizens’ perception about the level of corruption in public services post demonetisation, CMS conducted a survey with a randomly selected sub-sample of households in 20 states of India. As per the survey, almost 21 per cent of the respondents across these states felt that the corruption has remained same as that of pre- demonetisation period. About 12 per cent opined that it has increased post- demonetisation. In JK, 10 per cent of the households have claimed that the corruption in government sector had increased post -demonetisation, while 38 per cent have suggested its downfall. The survey has placed J&K at the fifth number in the highest corrupt states following Karnataka (77 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (74 percent), Tamil Nadu (68 per cent), Maharashtra (57 per cent), and Punjab (42 per cent). On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Nardenra Modi announced about the demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1000 notes to crack down on corruption, use of illicit and counterfeit cash to fund “illegal activity and terrorism.” The survey claims that 44 per cent of the household in JK have experienced corruption in the government sector. It says that 84 per cent households were of the opinion that the corruption was prevalent in the government sector here in JK or has increased over the years. Despite various anti- corruption bodies, the survey claims, a least percentage of people had expectation with the state government to check corruption. A substantial percentage of more than 33 per cent in JK, New Delhi, Haryana and West Bengal opined in the survey that the state government was not all committed to reduce corruption in public services. “Compared to perceptions about commitment of state governments across, Union Government is perceived relatively in a better way, as far as commitment towards reducing corruption in public services is concerned.” the survey said.