Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of 2021 ranked India 85th among 180 countries and territories. The report by the Transparency International has raised concerns in this regard.
Mainly India and its neighbouring countries have a bad record in taking measures to curb corruption. Among those with weak scores are some of the world’s most populas countries like China and India. China scored 45 and India scored 40. Among other large economies such as Pakistan got 28 and Bangladesh got 26, and Indonesia got 38.
Compared to last year, Pakistan lost 16 spots on the corruption perception while India moved up to 85th place. for India, it has moved by one place compared to 2021 reports.
As per the Transparency International Report, Corruption has increased in Pakistan. The report ranked Pakistan at 140 out of 180 countries on the corruption perceptions index.
The Transparency International which acts as an anti-corruption watchdog has also focused the reason for the increase of corruption.
In Pakistan’s case, the absence of law is one the major factors for the increase of corruption in the country.
The Anti-corruption watchdog called India’s case worrying. Transparency International raised concerns over India’s Democratic status. The report said some of the mechanisms that could help reign in corruption are weakening. Journalists and activists are particularly at risk and have been victims of attacks. The report further alleged that civil society organizations that speak up have been targeted.
The report stated:
There are concerns over the country’s democratic status, as fundamental freedoms and institutional checks and balances decay.
Journalists and activists are particularly at risk and have been victims of attacks by the police, political militants, criminal gangs and corrupt local officials,
A concerning trend across some of these nations (with weak scores) is a weakening of anti-corruption institutions or, in some cases, absence of an agency to coordinate action against corruption,
The CPI Ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. It issues a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is the highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
Denmark, Finland, New Zealand and Norway topped the list with highest score means low level of corruption.