Thanks to newer scams that surfaced in 2013 and no concrete action taken to tackle corruption, India ranks 94th among 177 nations in the global corruption index released by the Transparency International on Tuesday.
India ranks among the highly corrupt nations and its rank remains unchanged as compared to 2012. The list was topped by Denmark and New Zealand as the cleanest while Somalia emerged as the most corrupt.
Though India’s rank remains unchanged some of its neighbours seem to have improved their ranking on the corruption index. It’s only Sri Lanka whose rank has further gone down indicating increasing level of corruption in the island nation.
As per the 2013 corruption index, Bhutan ranks 31st, Sri Lanka 91, Nepal 116, Pakistan 127 and Bangladesh 136. In 2012, Bhutan stood at 33rd rank, Sri Lanka at 79, Nepal 139, Pakistan 139 and Bangladesh 144. India, however, maintained a status quo with 94 Rank both in 2013 and 2012.
Also among India’s BRICS peers, it is behind China (80th), South Africa and Brazil (both 72nd). It is, however, better than Russia which is ranked at 127th in the list that is prepared annually. In 2012, China was ranked on 80, Brazil and South Africa at 69 and Russia on 133rd rank.
More than 2/3rd of the 177 countries ranked in the Transparency International (TI)’s Corruption Perception Index 2013 (CPI 2013), scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (Clean). India had same score as last year of 36.
“Such a low rank and score could be attributed to recently exposed scams of corruption involving government officials, politicians and private companies,” said a statement by the Transparency International India (TII).
“Corruption can be tackled only if various stakeholders join hands in their effort to clean the country,” said Justice (retired) Kamleshwar Nath, who is the Chair of TII.
“We, therefore, plead for the immediate enactment of accountability legislations, including Lokpal Bill, Whistleblowers Bill and Grievance Redressal Bill. This is important to ensure the effectiveness of various rights-based legislations, which would be rendered ineffective, in the absence of time-bound redressal of complaints in the event of non-delivery of entitlements,” the statement from the Transparency International added.