The not-for-profit initiative, IPaidABribe has gone mobile and now you can report your bribe experience by sending a SMS.
To report a bribe, follow the following format:
SMS Bribe <Followed by the City, the civic department and the amount paid> to 58888
e.g Bribe paid 100 rs to the traffic police in Mumbai
Based on data collected from users, IPaidABribe has collated massive data (though important to note that this isn’t a verified data) and here are few key numbers that will help you gauge the level of corruption in the country:
- Rs. 2 Crores Paid in 214 bribes [Kolkata]
- 1 crores paid in 643 bribes [Pune]
- 1 crores paid in 922 bribes [Chennai]
- 4 crores paid in 1051 bribes [Mumbai]
- 2 crores paid in 1105 bribes [Hyderabad]
- 11 crores paid in 4060 bribes [Bangalore]
When it comes to individual departments, police takes the cake (and cherry), followed by Registration department.
It’s important to note that these aren’t absolute numbers, but are numbers reported by individuals from these cities.
Initiatives like these may not have an instant impact, but go a long way in providing the much needed third party check to governance. If you pay bribe, make it a point to share the details.
As far as IPaidABribe is concerned, we’d recommend them to ensure that there is enough data safety around the initiative.
Read our earlier coverage of IPaidABribe: IPaidaBribe – Resolving The Dharam Sankata of Entrepreneurs [Government 2.0].