India among 120 countries with serious corruption problems: report
A report published on January 25 by Transparency International entitled “Corruption Perceptions Index 2021” ranked India 85th out of 180 countries. India improved slightly from 86th in the previous year. The index ranks countries and territories according to their perceived levels of corruption in the public sector. the report shows that the case of India is of particular concern since the country’s scores have remained stagnant over the past decade. As reported by The Indian Expresssays the report,
“The case of India is particularly worrying. While the country’s score has remained stagnant over the past decade, some mechanisms that could help crack down on corruption are weakening. .”
Some statistics on the report
The Corruption Perceptions Index uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 means very corrupt and 100 means very free from corruption. On the scale, India scores 40, showing that India’s public sector is far from corruption-free. The world average is 43 points. China’s corruption rate is also alarming, with a CPI score of 45.
Pakistan fell to 140th with a score of 28. Denmark, Finland and New Zealand are the least corrupt countries with a score above 85 in the Corruption Perceptions Index. South Sudan is identified as the most corrupt country, with a CPI score of 11. One hundred and thirty-one countries have seen no improvement in their work against corruption over the past decade, and two-thirds of countries scored below 50. The scores for the year revealed that all countries are at a standstill in their fight against corruption.
Corruption can be fought
Corruption is the misuse of entrusted power for personal gain. Corruption is linked to human rights and democracy. The protection of human rights and democracy plays an essential role in the fight against corruption. The index shows that countries with higher civil liberties score higher on the CPI.
Corruption is something that can be fought by taking action. The report recommends methods to end the vicious cycle of corruption, human rights abuses and democratic decline. The government should not impose restrictions on freedom of expression. It helps bring to light corrupt activities that would otherwise remain hidden. Anti-corruption agencies and supreme audit institutions should be independent, adequately resourced, and empowered to uncover and address corrupt activities.
The government must ensure that the corrupt and their accomplices cannot escape justice and will face the consequences of their actions. Every individual should be aware that government and its services are in everyone’s interest, and that the power that comes with being in the public sector should not be abused for personal gain.
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