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Corrupt practices cost citizens £2.7bn, says watchdog Randeep Ramesh The Guardian , Saturday 2 July 2005 00.21 BST Article history Indians paid more than £2.7bn in bribes last year to receive public services, a study said yesterday, highlighting the systematic graft afflicting the country's fast-growing economy. A report by the Centre for Media Studies and backed by Transparency International, a global corruption watchdog, showed that corruption had become the rule and not the exception in India. Of the 14,000 people interviewed in 20 states, more than 80% had paid a bribe to the police. A quarter had done so in government hospitals. In schools, £500m had been paid to get "admissions or certificates". The total value of "petty corruption" recorded in 11 government departments was £2.7bn. "What we tried to highlight is the failure of the system for the common person in India," said KR Dharmadhikary of Transparency International. "That you have to pay bribes to get the services that should be provided for you, such as electricity or water connections,
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