Transparency International released its Corruption Perception Index for 2017 and India has been ranked worse than China and Bhutan in the global list. In terms of ‘corruption perception’ India was placed at the rank of 81 with a score of 40 and fares better than its other neighbours Pakistan and Bangladesh.
While 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. Pakistan scored 32 and was ranked at the 117th place, Bangladesh at 143th (score of 28), Myanmar at 130th (score 30) and Sri Lanka 91st (score 38).
The index ranks 180 jurisdictions by their perceived levels of corruption in the public sector according to experts and business people and uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 signifies highly corrupt and 100 very clean.
Among the BRICS nations, South Africa is ranked the best (71st), followed by China and India, while Brazil is at 96th and Russia at 135th.
As per the report, there is a high difference in public sector corruption across the Asia Pacific region as more than half of the countries in the Asia Pacific score less than 50 on the index.
“While corruption continues to be a rampant problem across the region, improvements will only be made if there is strong political will for change and if a comprehensive strategy is adopted, not one based on isolated actions,” the report said.
New Zealand and Denmark have topped the list, while Syria (14), South Sudan (12) and Somalia (9) have been ranked the lowest.
The report revealed that Western Europe is the best performing region with an average score of 66 and Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32), Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34) are among the worst performing regions.
Transparency International, a nonprofit organisation to combat global corruption and prevent criminal activities arising from it.