India 84th in corruption perception list

India is still perceived to be among the most corrupt countries in the world.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2009, 00:34 AM IST

New Delhi: India is still perceived to be
the among the most corrupt countries by the transparency
international in its annual corruption perceptions.

India has been ranked 84th in the list of 180 countries
in terms of public-sector corruption, which is perceived to be
highly corrupt.

While releasing the list of naming and shaming the
world`s most corrupt countries, the international watchdog has
for the first time recommended that tax havens like
Switzerland and Liechtenstein should do away with the secrecy
in banking laws.

"Corrupt money must not find safe haven. It is time to
put an end to secrecy in banking laws," said the Berlin-based
group`s head Huguette Labelle.

The bottom five nations were Somalia, Afghanistan,
Myanmar, Sudan and Iraq, while the cleanest countries with
ranking close to perfect 10 were New Zealand, Denmark and

According to the Index prepared by the voluntary group,
India scored 3.4 which was much lower than Bhutan which scored
5 and claimed 49th spot in the list.

India`s corruption index is same as last year. But during
the last five years, the country has been showing significant

In 2004, India had scored 2.8 claiming 90th spot in the
list of 146 countries.

Bureau Report