India most corrupt Asian country
New Delhi, Sep 2: A survey by corruption watchdog Transparency International on Friday stated that India is the most corrupt country in Asia. At 69 per cent bribery rate, India beats Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, and Myanmar – the other most corrupt countries in Asia. However, Forbes praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that his fight against corruption has made a mark.
Forbes also stated that 53 per cent of the people, Transparency International talked to, think PM Modi is going fairly or very well. “And it has led to people feeling empowered, as 63 per cent believe ordinary people can make a difference,” it writes.
The Forbes described India as: “In five of the six public services—schools, hospitals, ID documents, police, and utility services—more than half the respondents have had to pay a bribe.”
Southeast Asian country Vietnam stands at number two with 65 per cent bribery rate. The country has been described as: “Vietnamese view corruption as endemic. Of all 16 countries surveyed, people in Vietnam (and Malaysia) were the most negative about the situation in their country. About 60% felt their government is doing a poor job of combatting corruption.”
With 40 per cent bribery rate, Pakistan stands at number four. Forbes describes the country as: “In Pakistan, about three-fourths of respondents perceive most or all of the police to be corrupt. Of the people who encountered either the police or the courts, nearly 7 in 10 had to pay a bribe. Sadly, people don’t feel things can change—only a third think ordinary people can make a difference.”
The survey was conducted by Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International for 18 months. The Transparency International talked to more than 20,000 people in 16 countries, regions and territories in Asia Pacific and found that “more than one in four people have paid a bribe when using a public service”.
Last India, the organisation had placed India at rank 76 out of 168 countries. India’s 2015 score had remained same as 2014s.