India ranks 81st in Corruption perception index
What is the issue ?
- India has been ranked 81st in the global corruption perception index for 2017, which named the country among the “worst offenders” in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region.
- India had been placed at 79th position out of 176 in 2016.
Which organisation has published the report ?
- Transparency International
About Transparency International :
- International NGO based in Berlin, Germany.
- Publishes the Global Corruption Barometer and Global Corruption Perception Index.
About the global corruption perception index :
Important take-aways from the report :
- New Zealand and Singapore scored the highest scores with 89 and 84 out of 100, respectively.
- Somalia was found to be the most corrupt country in the world.
- A majority of the world’s countries scored below 50 on the index with the global average score coming at around 43. India’s score of 40 in 2017 puts it below the global average.
- Among the neighbouring countries, Pakistan was ranked at the 117th place with a score of 32, Bangladesh at 143th (score of 28), Myanmar at 130th (score 30) and Sri Lanka 91st (score 38).
- Bhutan has the best score of 67 among India's neighbours and has been placed high on the index at the 26th place. China also fared better than India with a rank of 77 and score of 41.
- In the BRICS block of major emerging economies, South Africa is ranked the best (71st), followed by China and India, while Brazil is at 96th and Russia at 135th.
What trends can be seen worldwide ?
- In some countries across the region (Asia Pacific), journalists, activists, opposition leaders and even staff of law enforcement or watchdog agencies are threatened, and in the worst cases, even murdered.
- Countries with the least protection for press and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption.
- The 2017 index revealed that despite attempts to combat corruption, most countries were moving too slowly with their effort. In the past six years, many countries have made little to no progress.