India's Ranking In Global Corruption Index Falls Further, Now 81st Most Transparent Nation

| February 23 , 2018 , 09:16 IST

Corruption takes place rampantly in India and at all levels of society, despite efforts of the government to reign it in. Transparency International’s Global Corruption Perception Index 2017 ranked India 81st out of 180 nations in terms of most transparent nations, an increase from last year's 79th ranking.

The study marked each of the 180 nations in the study on a 100 point scale, with 1 as the most corruption free and 100 as the most corrupt. The most corrupt nation, at rank 180 with a score of 9 points is Somalia, while the most corruption-free nation is identified in the study as New Zealand, with a score of 89 points. Any nation with a score below 30 is considered to be 'seriously corrupt'.

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India scored 40 points on the scale, the same number of points as Ghana, Morocco and Turkey. Pakistan scored 32 points and was ranked 117 while China has 41 points and was ranked 77. The US scored 75 points, but was less than its northern neighbour Canada which has 82 points.

However, apart from India, the transparency scores of even the most corruption-free nations has reduced over the years. First rank holder New Zealand which has a score of 89 in 2017, had a score of 90 in 2016 and 91 in 2015. Similarly, Denmark at rank 2 has a score of 88 in 2017, had a score of 90 in 2016 and 91 in 2015.

 Transparency International also connected the freedom of press and safety of journalists with the corruption scores. "These countries score high for corruption and have fewer press freedoms and higher numbers of journalist deaths," a statement of the report said.

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