In Briefs

If all the politicians of Nepal were to stop their bribery only for a year, Nepal would have enough money to build roads to reach every corner. Now go tell that to Nepalese living in Nepal or abroad, you would be surprised how true your words are. There is a lot of bribery and corruption in Nepal. But go back and start again by asking who is at play, could it be even the ordinary Nepalese who just needs the job done by bribery ? Nobody knows except the blame game; People blame politicians, and politicians blames former government, and the government blames the economy.  It’s a merry go around.

Among many reasons of rural poverty, some are lack of access to resources and roads. Due to lack of usable roads, farmers are unable to get agriculture inputs and to sell their products. Did you know that more than 80% of Nepalese are farmers and most of them live in rural parts of Nepal with little or no access to roads and modern agricultural facilities. Corruption has ruined Nepal significantly year after year and decade after decade.

Good news is that progress are slowly being made, but it will take time.  There are government bodies today for hotlines on corruption and take cases on reported corruption crimes. It is one of the toughest law of the country which is in play but just needs a little more attention from everyone. Nepalese are happy people, friendly, optimistic and always looking forward to the bright future.


Nepal Corruption Facts

  • Nepal is the world’s 52nd corrupted country
  • In June 2005, first time ever, Nepal’s all of the most famous political leaders were detained on charges of corruption, most dismissed due to lack of evidence.
  • Nepal’s most corrupted region are Police, Judiciary, Tax, Education, Health, Power and Electricity, Land administration, and Customs.
  • Land Administration, Customs and Police are the main three sectors with heavy corruption
  • Reasons for corruption in many sectors are due to lack of accountability, transparency, low salary, power of monopoly and powerful interest groups, lack of proper law and order in the country.
  • Half the people in Nepal believe that no work can be done without bribing
  • Among many ways of doing corruption in Nepal are bribery, gift-giving, diverting of budgets away from projects, under reporting of tax collections, over pricing of procurements – a direct blow to the poorest of the poorest in Nepal
  • A corrupted high level politician in Nepal can suck-up as much as 1 Million US Dollar a month, source : Internet
  • Among social, economic, caste and ethnic inequalities, corruption is the most factor susceptible to Maoist influence and propaganda.
  • In Nepal, the poor cannot afford the legal costs involved in dealing with the corruption-prone formal justice system
  • In a 2004 national survey, Nepalese identified corruption as the first concern among other national threats.


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