New Delhi: India’s ever rising corruption has further dropped country’s position in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2020, by slipping 6 six places down to 86th out of 180 countries. Country’s overall score is registered below global average and was plummeted only by one point to 40 from 41 in 2019, on a scale of 0-100, where zero indicates highest corruption level while 100 is cleanest.
To note, CPI ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, evaluated by the experts and business people. As per CPI reports, at 40, India’s score is below the average score of the Asia-Pacific region (31 countries) and global average. Not only this, India’s overall score is also less than its neighboring country China, which stands two points ahead with 78th position, with a score of 42. Meanwhile, Pakistan scored just 31 points, falling at the 144th position on the index.
The best performers, topping the list of less corrupt government are New Zealand and Denmark with 88 points each, followed by Switzerland, Finland, Sweden and Singapore (85 each). Australia and Hong Kong were also among the top performers with scores of 77 each. Meanwhile, South Sudan and Somalia were at the bottom of the global ranking of corruption, with scores of 12 each.
The CPI 2020 report, also distinctively noted that the menace of corruption is highly pervasive in countries that are least equipped to tackle COVID-19 crisis. “COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis. It is a corruption crisis. And one that we are currently failing to manage. The past year has tested governments like no other in memory, and those with higher levels of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge,” Delia Ferreira Rubio, Transparency International chief, was quoted saying.