India slips three places in global corruption rankings

India slipped to 87 in ranking of corrupt nations in the wake of the scam-tainted CWG.

New Delhi: India has slipped to 87th spot in
Transparency International`s latest ranking of nations based
on the level of corruption, with the global watchdog asserting
that perceptions about corruption in the country increased in
the wake of the scam-tainted Commonwealth Games.

Transparency International`s `Corruption Perception
Index` report covering the public sector in 178 countries
shows that India fell by three positions from its ranking of
84th in 2009.

With an integrity score of 3.3, India is now ranked 87th
in the world in terms of corruption. Neighbouring China is
ahead of India in the list at 78th place, with a score of 3.5.
It was at 79th position in 2009.

"India has gone down in the ranking as well as integrity
score and this is a matter of concern and regret. It appears
that the level of governance has not improved despite India
having a skilled set of administrators," Transparency
International India Chairman P S Bawa said here.

The rankings, on a scale of 0 to 10, are based on the
extent of corruption and each government`s ability to punish
and contain corrupt activities, among other criteria. A score
of zero is perceived to be highly corrupt while 10 would
indicate the lowest level of corruption.

According to the report: "The perception about corruption
in India seems to have increased primarily due to alleged
corrupt practices in the recently held Commonwealth Games
(CWG) in Delhi."

As many as four investigating agencies -- the Central
Vigilance Commission (CVC), Enforcement Directorate (ED),
Income Tax Department and Comptroller and Auditor General
(CAG) -- are looking into allegations of corruption against
the organisers of the CWG, which concluded here earlier this
month.

The top three countries with the lowest level of
corruption globally, as ranked by Transparency International,
are Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore.

Denmark was ranked first in the report, with an integrity
score of 9.3, while New Zealand and Singapore came second and
third with a similar score.

Bhutan was the best performer in the South Asian region
and was ranked 37th, with an integrity score of 5.7.

However, other SAARC nations are ranked below India.

Pakistan is ranked at 143th in the list, with an
integrity score of 2.3, while Bangladesh is at 134th, with a
score of 2.4. Sri Lanka was ranked 91st in the list, with an
integrity score of 3.2, while Nepal was 146th (2.3) and
Maldives joined Pakistan at 143th place (2.3).

Afghanistan, the newest SAARC member, was ranked 176th in
the list with an integrity score of 1.4.

-PTI

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