Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Nepal third most corrupt country in South Asia

The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016 – released today by Transparency International (TI) – has shown that Nepal is the third most corrupt country in South Asia after Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Among 176 countries ranked on the CPI 2016, Nepal has been placed at the 131st position with a score of 29. With a score of 27, Nepal was ranked 130th among 168 countries on CPI 2015, according to the global anti-corruption watchdog.
With increasing corruption in the country, Nepal has dropped one spot down to 131st position compared to last year though Nepal gained two points in this year’s index from 27 in 2015.
TI Nepal chapter attributed the slip in Nepal’s position to ineffective mechanisms put in place to curb corruption. The corrupt leapt like a rabbit while the agencies responsible for curbing corruption slow-paced like a tortoise,” said TI Nepal chapter chairman Shree Hari Aryal at a press meet today.
With a score of 65, Bhutan is ranked 27th whereas with a score of 40, India has been ranked 79th. Likewise, Maldives and Sri Lanka are at the 95th position. With a score of 32, Pakistan is ahead of Nepal on CPI 2016 at the 116th position.
According to CPI 2016, New Zealand is the least corrupt country while Somalia is the most corrupt country in the world. According to the report, Denmark and New Zealand are at the top of the charts as the least corrupted country with 90 points followed by Finland, Sweden and Switzerland with 89, 88 and 86 points respectively. "But, Somalia is the most corrupted country and lies at the bottom of the table with only 10 points."
According to the TI, unaccountable governments, lack of oversight, insecurity and shrinking space for civil society, pushing anti-corruption action, high-profile corruption scandals, in addition to everyday corruption issues, undermined public trust in government and the benefits of democracy and the rule of law were among the indicators to determine the position.

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