On 9th December 2019, YSRCP Minister Botcha Satyanarayana tweeted, “Within 6 months of Y.S. Jagan’s governance, Andhra Pradesh’s rank drops from 2nd to 13th in corruption. This is progress in its truest form. We still have a long way to go. The screenshot of the tweet can be found below.
The source of the claim is unknown. However, CMS India conducted India Corruption Survey in the year 2018, wherein there are no state wise rankings based on the levels of corruption. The survey for the year 2019 wasn’t conducted.
In this regard, “India Corruption Survey” conducted Transparency International India might be more relevant as the survey has been conducted for the years 2017, 2018, and 2019. If we assume the claim to be based on this survey, it is still false as there are no state wise rankings in this survey as well.
According to the India Corruption Survey 2018 conducted by Transparency International, 35% of respondents in Andhra Pradesh claimed to have paid bribe.
On the other hand in the India Corruption Survey 2019 report, 50% of respondents from the state have claimed to have paid bribe.
In the past year, several incidents have been reported where the government officers were caught demanding bribe from the people. To name a few incidents, a police officer was caught red handed by the ACB officials in A. Konduru police station for accepting a bribe worth Rs. 5,000. In Srikakulam district, a Village Revenue Officer (VRO) was caught red handed by ACB officials for accepting a bribe from the farmer. Two police officers were caught on camera fighting over alleged bribe from charcoal transporters. The number of corruption cases increased in the past year.
The claim made by Mr. Botcha Satyanarayana is baseless. The source of the claim is not clear while the reports actually mention an increase in corruption.