India’s ranking in the annual corruption index, released by Berlin-based NGO Transparency International (TI), slid to 81 among a group of 180 countries. The Corruption Perception Index 2017 also singled out India as one of the “worst offenders” in the Asia-Pacific region.
A Transparency International release characterized India as “among the worst regional offenders” in the Asia-Pacific region on grounds of journalists, social activists, opposition leaders and even staff of law enforcement or watchdog agencies being threatened and murdered. In this, it was clubbed with the Philippines and Maldives.
“These countries score high for corruption and have higher numbers of journalist deaths,” the report added. India’s score on the index remained unchanged at 40 out of 100 but a nation that scores below 30 is considered to be ‘seriously corrupt’.
What is the main reason?
The point that should concern India is that the nation has been put “among the worst regional offenders” in the Asia Pacific region. The main reason behind being – the cases of murder of journalists, activists, opposition leaders, and watchdog agencies. The index categorically pointed out that ‘these countries have high corruption and have very less press freedom’.
The Report should worry Modi government
The rankings and observations in the TI report should worry the Narendra Modi government which has claimed to have cracked down on the menace of corruption. The government had promised clean governance along with economic reforms. Not only this it is the plank of clean governance that the Bharatiya Janata Party will look to concentrate on going into 2019. A drop on this factor should sound warning bells for them.
The index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
India’s score in the latest TI ranking, however, remained unchanged at 40 but in 2015, the score was 38. India’s neighbouring country Pakistan was placed at 117th position with their score at 32. In new ranking New Zealand and Denmark were placed the highest, with scores of 89 and 88, respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia were ranked lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9, respectively.
Among other South Asian countries, Bhutan fared the best with a ranking of 26th. Other countries include Pakistan (117th), Afghanistan (177th), Nepal (122th), Myanmar (130th), Bangladesh (143rd), the Maldives (112th) and Sri Lanka (91st).
China fared a bit better than India and was ranked 77th, with a score of 41.