Indian paid $700 million as bribe for land administration services.

Indians pay bribeNew Delhi: A huge $700 million is paid yearly as bribe in India for land administration services, a joint study by United Nation’s body FAO and Transparency International has examined.

According to the jointly reports by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and global anti-graft body Transparency International (TI), weak governance has increased occurrence of corruption in land-related matters.

“A study in India estimates that $700 million (about Rs 3,700 crore) worth of bribes are paid annually by users of the country’s land administration services,” the reports said.

The working paper, which comprises studies carried out in over 61 countries, found that corruption in the land sector varied from small scale bribes and fraud to advanced misuse of government power and political positions, FAO said in a statement.

Land administration services comprise land legislation, registration, valuation or taxation, land-use planning, land allotment and information.

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