Tuesday, December 03, 2013

India 94th on corruption index, Afghanistan most corrupt...

Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are seen as the world's most corrupt countries while Denmark and New Zealand are nearly squeaky-clean, graft watchdog Transparency International said in a survey Tuesday.

India ranked 94 on the index, above Pakistan at rank 127 but below China which took the 80th position. India was ranked at 95th position last year, but Transparency said it has started making evaluations through a different formula beginning this year. Last year, India's rank was 95.

This year, India has a score of 36 out of 100 on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) which is a result of an average of 10 studies including World Bank's Coun
try Performance and Institutional Assessment and Global Insight Country Risk Ratings.

Worldwide, almost 70% of nations are thought to have a "serious problem" with public servants on the take, and none of the 177 countries surveyed this year got a perfect score, said the Berlin-based non-profit group.

Transparency International's annual list is the most widely used indicator of sleaze in political parties, police, justice systems and civil services, a scourge which undermines development and the fight against poverty.

"Corruption hurts the poor most," lead researcher Finn Heinrich said. Full story...

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