The rank of India on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2020 has fallen six positions to 86 out of 180 nations. However, its ranking declined by just one point to 40 from 41 in 2019. Transparency International published the list on Thursday, January 28.
CPI ranks 180 countries and territories by the level of corruption in the public sector in each country. This is in accordance with the business people and experts. It says on a scale of 0 to 100. Here, 0 stands mean the country has high corruption and 100 is for very clean.
Denmark and New Zealand took the top spot in the list with a rating of 88, followed by Finland, Singapore, and Switzerland with a score of 85, according to various reports released about the same.
With a score of 40, India ranked 86th. While over two-thirds of the total nations scored below 50, with an overall global score of just 43.
CPI 2020 indicates that corruption is much more prevalent in countries less prepared to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises, as per the report by Transparency International.
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Delia Ferreira Rubio, chair of Transparency International also responded to this. Talking about the report, Delia said, “COVID-19 is not only a health and economic crisis but also 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 a higher level of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge,” she further informed the media.
She even said that their position in entrenching corruption must be discussed by the nations at the top of the CPI.
Crucial economies in Asia, such as India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, with scores of 40, 37, and 36 respectively, have experienced very slow progress in anti-corruption initiatives. This data is in accordance with the CPI 2020 survey.
45 seems to be the Asia-Pacific region’s mean ranking, which includes 31 nations. India ranked lower than China, ranking at 78 with a score of 42. The score of 40 in India is below both the world average and the Asia-Pacific average.
India’s neighbor Pakistan was ranked at 124 with a score of 31. Other top-scoring countries include 85 in Singapore, 77 in Australia, and 77 in Hong Kong as well.