Among the many promises the Yahapalana Government made, was a stern assurance that corruption in Sri Lanka, across all sectors, will be fought. In fact, going by occasional news reports, the Committee to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) has been quite busy with its investigations, but how much of an impact this has had on the overall issue of corruption is hard to gauge.
Transparency International’s (TI) latest Corruption Perception Index showed a marginal improvement in terms of corruption in Sri Lanka, something Roar recently analysed.
A few years ago however, TI’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013 revealed that Sri Lankans themselves viewed law enforcement among the most corrupt institutions, with 64% of respondents citing the police as corrupt or extremely corrupt, while 43% reported paying a bribe to the police.
Three years down the line, there has been much talk about curbing corruption, and reporting instances of bribery. How much of an impact this has made among the general public, however, is hard to determine. The Government, following in India’s footsteps, recently took the initiative to launch a platform for citizens to report cases of bribery, through the website ipaidabribe.lk. Since the site’s launch last December, however, there has been only a total of twelve reports made to site, some of which are merely trial reports made by administrators of the site themselves.
This week, we turn to our readers to help us understand the situation better. Take our survey to show us what you feel about bribery in Sri Lanka:
[Note: this survey relates to bribery in the public sector only]
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