New Zealand least corrupt country says survey, however the news is not good for India.
Singapore has improved its position becoming the least corrupt country in Asia in 2017 as per the Corruption perception Index 2017 prepared by Transparency International. Singapore climbed from the seventh spot in 2016 to the sixth spot in 2017 becoming the least corrupt country in the Asian region. They were given a score of 84 out of 100 by the Transparency International.
The index measures perception of corruption in the public sector, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. The ranking also covers 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.
At the top of the table is New Zealand which is the least corrupt country in the world followed by Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland respectively.
However, the main concern was for India, whose position has slipped to 81. India’s ranking in the index had gone down in 2013 & 2014 because of the 2G spectrum and coal scams. however the ranking has improved since then but shows signs to go down because of the recent PNB scam & Rotomac scam. Though the current government has taken various steps to eradicate corruption, including demonetisation and introduction of GST but seems like acche din are not yet here for India. BJP and Prime Minister Modi’s campaign had corruption as the bbiggest issue that they will deal with but even after 4 years the promises are yet to be fullfilled.
Transparency International said in some countries across Asia- journalists, activists, opposition leaders and even staff of law enforcement or watchdog agencies are threatened, and in worst cases, even murdered.“Philippines, India and the Maldives score high for corruption and freedom of press is curtailed and has the higher numbers of journalist deaths,”