India’s Corruption Perception Rank Remains Stagnant at 93, Says Transparency International

India’s Corruption Perception Rank

According to the latest report by Transparency International, India retained its 93rd position out of 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for the year 2023, with its overall score showing minimal change compared to the previous year. The index, which evaluates perceived levels of corruption in the public sector, saw India’s score remain at 39, just one point lower than its 2022 score of 40.

Despite the marginal shift in India’s score, the report highlighted concerns regarding the narrowing of civic space, particularly with the passage of a telecommunications bill that potentially threatens fundamental rights. The report noted that while India’s score fluctuates slightly, no significant conclusions can be drawn regarding any substantial change.

In the South Asian region, Pakistan ranked 133 and Sri Lanka 115, both grappling with debt burdens and political instability. However, the report pointed out the presence of strong judicial oversight in these countries, contributing to government accountability. In Pakistan, for instance, the Supreme Court’s actions have expanded citizens’ rights to information.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh, as it emerges from its least developed country status, faces challenges in information flow due to crackdowns on the press. The report indicated ongoing efforts to reduce poverty and improve living conditions in Bangladesh but noted obstacles in accessing public sector information.

China’s aggressive anti-corruption campaign made headlines, with over 3.7 million public officials punished for corruption in the past decade. However, the report raised concerns about the long-term effectiveness of relying solely on punitive measures without strengthening institutional checks on power.

Across the Asia Pacific region, the CPI revealed little progress in combating corruption, with the average score stagnating at 45 out of 100 for five consecutive years. Most countries in the region scored below the global and regional averages, reflecting shortcomings in anti-corruption agendas and challenges to civil society and press freedoms.

Countries like New Zealand, Singapore, Australia, and Japan maintained high scores, indicating robust corruption control mechanisms. Conversely, states like North Korea, Myanmar, and Afghanistan, plagued by authoritarian regimes and humanitarian crises, lingered at the bottom of the index.

As the report underscores persistent challenges in combating corruption globally, it emphasizes the urgent need for effective governance, judicial independence, and protection of democratic institutions to address this pervasive issue.

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