Column : Corruption perception rises as GDP slows
The graph shows the absolute value of the corruption perception index (CPI) score given by Transparency International (TI). The index is based on a collection of surveys that ask people their perception of the degree of corruption in India and other countries. A score of 100 indicates ‘non-corrupt’. As the TI CPI started in 1995, that is the earliest year in the graph.
According to this index, there was no visible trend in corruption between 1995 and 2003, as the index fluctuated and the level of perceived corruption in 2003 was almost identical to that in 1995. The index shows a sharp improvement in corruption from 2004 to 2007 and then a deteriorating trend till 2011. These two periods coincide roughly with UPA-I and UPA-II, respectively. The level of perceived corruption was significantly better at the end of the UPA-I government’s tenure than before it took over. This good performance was reversed during the UPA-II government and corruption increased steadily till