India drops 6 spots to 86th on corruption index | India News
The index published annually by Transparency International ranks 180 countries according to their perceived levels of corruption in the public sector according to experts and businessmen. It uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero means the highest level of corruption and 100 is very clean.
In India, anti-corruption campaigns tend to focus on corruption and bad practices. But it is minor corruption that hurts ordinary people the most. Care must be taken to ensure that both are removed. As former World Bank President Robert Zoellick once said, “Corruption is a cancer that robs the poor, corrodes governance and moral fiber, and destroys trust.”
Denmark and New Zealand topped the list with scores of 88, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland (85 each). As in previous years, more than two-thirds of the countries scored below 50, with a global average score of just 43.
The data shows that despite some progress, most countries still do not address corruption effectively, says Transparency International, a global civil society. Syria with a score of 14, Somalia and South Sudan with a score of 12 each occupy the bottom of the IPC-2020.
The average score in the Asia-Pacific region, which encompasses 31 countries, is 45. India’s score of 40 is below the world average and the Asia-Pacific average. India’s score is also lower than China’s, which scored 42 with a ranking of 78.
However, Pakistan fared poorly with a score of 31 and a ranking of 124. In the Asia Pacific region, New Zealand was the best performing country. Other top-scoring nations were Singapore (85), Australia (77) and Hong Kong (77).
In Asia, key economies such as India, Indonesia and Bangladesh with scores of 40, 37 and 36 respectively, saw slow progress in anti-corruption efforts, with several government reform commitments that have yet to materialize, states the CPI-2020 report.
According to Transparency International, CPI-2020 shows that corruption is more widespread in countries less equipped to handle Covid-19 and other crises. “Covid-19 is not just an economic and health crisis. It is a crisis of corruption. And one that we are currently unable to manage, ”said Delia Ferreira Rubio, president of Transparency International. “The past year has tested governments like no other in memory, and those with higher levels of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge. But even those at the top of the CPI must urgently address their role in perpetuating corruption, “he added.