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Sunday, June 29, 2008

poverty - corruption - poverty

check this survey/report by the center of media studies with the transparency international india on the level of corruption in Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in India.

1. around 53.6 million households (approx 320 million people) qualify as BPL.
2. around 1/3rd of these households (17.9 million) paid a bribe, estimated to be around Rs 8830 million => Rs 500 per family per year.

dilip analyses the definition of poverty line as extremely fraudulent (worth a detaield read).
even by that estimate, if Rs 600 per month defines the poverty line, then the TII/CMS survey indicates that 7% of that earning is used to bribe government officials, extremely significant.

it just intensifies the cycle which is the post title.

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