Improving from the last year’s position by 9 ranks, India now stands at 76th position in global corruption index. Denmark leads the table staying at the top for the second time consecutively. The index was prepared using the data from institutions including World Bank and the African Development Bank.
India shares its position with Thailand, Brazil, Tunisia, Zambia and Burkina Faso. According to Berlin-based Transparency International, 68 per cent of countries worldwide have a serious corruption problem and half of the G20 are among them.
“The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world. But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption. People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption,” said Jose Ugaz, Chair, Transparency International, global watchdog on graft and abuses of power.
UK made it into the top 10 this year, while US climbed up a rank to 16. The other top spots, from second to ninth, were occupied by Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore and Canada.
“Corruption can be beaten if we work together. To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough,” Mr Ugaz said.
North Korea and Somalia are the tail-enders without any improvement since last year.