India continues to be one of the most corrupt nations in the world with many of its public institutions given to rampant misdeeds. Corruption is India’s bane and threatens to derail its rapidly growing economy.
The country ranks a dismal 84th in a list of 180 countries, according to Transparency International’s 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index, a measure of domestic and public sector corruption.
The corruption watchdog says that many African, East European and Latin American nations fare much better than India.
If it is any consolation, India actually climbed one spot up from 85th (it’s 2008 rank) to 84th. India’s integrity score this year is 3.4, down from 3.5 in 2007, says the survey. Its score in 2006 was 3.3.
Till 2007, India shared the slot with China, but Beijing has managed to cut down corruption and is ranked 79th in this year’s list.
However, this is not an indication that India has become more corrupt but that nations like China now appear less corrupt. While Pakistan and Bangladesh are ranked at 139, Sri Lanka is ranked at 97.
China has launched a sustained anti-corruption drive and intensified a crackdown on corruption in the public sector, investigating and prosecuting ministers, public officials and employees.
Corrupt officials above provincial levels were disciplined and preventive measures to deal with stimulus packages to tackle the financial crisis have helped keep China’s score stable in 2009, though still low at 3.6.
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