1. Transparency International’s survey pegs India as the most corrupt nation in Asia-Pacific

Transparency International’s survey pegs India as the most corrupt nation in Asia-Pacific

Each year, India figures in the list of most corrupt nations, with only a handful of economies beating us to the nadir.

By: | Published: March 14, 2017 3:34 AM
To tackle corruption, the government did prescribe demonetisation, but that hasn’t had much of an impact as, much like consumption, incidence of bribery has just been delayed by a quarter. (Reuters)

Are we corrupt as a country? That is a question that would not perhaps need answering. Each year, India figures in the list of most corrupt nations, with only a handful of economies beating us to the nadir. A recent addition to such lists is the Transparency International’s survey of Asia-Pacific nations. According to the survey, India has been ranked the most corrupt country in the region, with more than two-thirds of the respondents having paid bribe or “tea money” to government officials, followed by Vietnam at 65%. China (26%) and Pakistan (40%) were both less corrupt.While the sample size is certainly small (just 20,000 respondents), it does not change the fact that there is a high incidence of bribery in the country.

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To tackle corruption, the government did prescribe demonetisation, but that hasn’t had much of an impact as, much like consumption, incidence of bribery has just been delayed by a quarter. What the government needs now is a more concerted approach, where it needs to change systems—the move towards digital is one such approach. But before we delve into whether we can tackle the problem or not, there needs to be acceptance of the fact that corruption is indeed a serious problem.

  1. Devi Prasad
    Mar 14, 2017 at 3:02 am
    Despite the presence of many accountability insutions like CVC, CBI, CAG, police etc. corruption is stated to be so high among government officials! Wonder as to what would be the depth and spread of corruption in transactions among private sector enies where the reach and influence of such accountability insutions is marginal!
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      Vishakha
      Mar 15, 2017 at 6:22 am
      Bjp is on their way to reduce corruption
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        james
        Mar 20, 2017 at 8:56 am
        Make in india...Make in imdia..Now most corrupt country in asia..next year world top corrupt and rapest country?????open ur eyes indian.
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          Jwalanand
          Mar 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm
          The way BJP trying to form Govt in GOA and Moneypur ,shows nothing changed in the system
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            t p
            Mar 14, 2017 at 5:34 am
            Hope with new election results, Modi govt would be able to reduce the corruption. Appu , pappu , Mamta, maya, would be jailed for destroying the national wealth/harmony/resources/precious time.*** jai hind ***
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