India has slipped by 6 more positions to rank 86th among 180 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2020.

India’s ranking in corruption perception has been on a constant fall since 2012.

In 2012, India was place in the 76th position.

India scored 40 on a scale of 0-100, where zero indicates highest corruption level while 100 is cleanest.

Among India’s neighbouring countries, Bhutan performed the best securing the 24th position, while war-torn Afghanistan is the worst performer standing at a disappointing 165th position.

China, meanwhile, secured the 78th position.

Nepal stands at 117th, Pakistan at 124th, Bangladesh at 146th and Sri Lanka at 94th.

New Zealand and Denmark sharing the top spot among the 180 countries that were up for scrutiny.

Both the countries managed to score 88 out of 100.

Somalia, Syria and South Sudan are languishing at the bottom end of the table, with scores of 12 each.

Speaking of the superpowers – the United States and Russia, the US is at the 25th position, while Russia performed below par and is at the 129th rank.

Managing Director of Transparency International, Daniel Errikson said, “Note that the Top 25 countries on the CPI 2020 by no means are free from corruption. Many of them even facilitate or enable corruption abroad. Not acceptable, particularly in a global pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Transparency international has stated that as per their research, countries with higher levels of corruption are “least prepared to deal with a global health crisis”.

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