India ranks 81 on the Corruption Perception Index 2017

 

According to Transparency International, India’s ranking in the annual corruption index fell to 81 in 2017 from 79 in 2016

 

According to Transparency International, this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index highlights that the majority of countries are making little or no progress in ending corruption, while further analysis shows journalists and activists in corrupt countries risking their lives every day in an effort to speak out.

 

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. This year, the index found that more than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of 43. Unfortunately, compared to recent years, this poor performance is nothing new.

 

This year, New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively. The best performing region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. The worst performing regions are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (average score 34).

 

Ranking of select countries on the Global Corruption Index 2017

S.No. Country Rank
1 New Zealand 1
2 Denmark 2
3 Finland 3
4 Norway 3
5 Switzerland 3
6 Singapore 6
7 United Kingdom 8
8 Germany 12
9 Australia 13
10 USA 16
11 Japan 20
12 South Africa 71
13 China 77
14 India 81
15 Brazil 96
16 Indonesia 96
17 Pakistan 117
18 Syria 178
19 South Sudan 179
20 Somalia 180

Source: PHD Research, Compiled from Corruption Perception Index 2017, Transparency International

 

Though India’s score remained intact at 40 points, the Corruption Perception Index 2017 has singled out India as one of the “worst offenders” in the Asia-Pacific region. In 2016, India was in the 79th place among 176 countries. India’s ranking in the index had plummeted in 2013 and 2014. The ranking has improved since then, but seems to be showing signs of weakening.

 

The regional analysis suggests that rather than focussing solely on scores, rankings and methods, countries across the region should decide where to make substantial changes that will bring about real improvements in their countries. The report suggests that a comprehensive approach is necessary, otherwise in the coming years, the governments will continue to make only marginal improvements at best or deteriorations at worst.

 

Global Corruption Index 2017

 

 

The report recommends that the governments and businesses must do more to encourage free speech, independent media, political dissent and an open and engaged civil society. The governments must minimise regulations on media and international donors should consider press freedom relevant to development aid or access to international organisations. The civil society and governments should promote laws that focus on access to information which would enhance transparency and accountability while reducing opportunities for corruption. Further, activists and governments should take advantage of the momentum generated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to advocate and push for reforms at the national and global level.

 

Veteran producer Vashu Bhagnani and BJP MP Babul Supriyo hold press meet over ‘Welcome To New York’ controversy!

 

Producer Vashu Bhagnani says he will not work with Pakistani talent for now

 

New Delhi: In a packed press conference in Delhi, BJP MP and Minister Babul Supriyo, veteran producer Vashu Bhagnani, music director Shamir Tandon and CEO of Indian Films and Television Producers Council (IFTPC) Suresh Amin were present after a huge controversy broke over legendary singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan singing a song called ‘Ishtehaar’ in the film ‘Welcome To New York’.

 

Soon after the song released, Babul Supriyo had demanded that the song be banned or have Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice removed and replaced in the song.

 

At the press conference, Babul Supriyo said, “I am not against any Pakistani artist. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab is a very accomplished artist. But we believe that currently, given the kind of animosity between India and Pakistan with our soldiers being martyred, it is not appropriate for us to work with Pakistani artists and that is why I asked for the song to be banned.”

 

Veteran Producer Vashu Bhagnani added, “I have always respected the soldiers. My intention was never to hurt any sentiments but after having spoken to Babulji I promise that we won’t work with Pakistani artists until the relationship between the two countries improve.”

 

‘Ishtehaar’ from the film ‘Welcome To New York’ which has been sung by singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Dhvani Bhanushali and composed by Shamir Tandon with lyrics penned by Charanjeet Charan.

 

Directed by Chakri Toleti and Produced by Pooja Films and Wiz Films with Music by Pooja Music, ‘Welcome To New York’ releases worldwide on February 23rd, 2018.

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