India most corrupt Asian country: Forbes

A recent survey by the Transparency International states that India is the most corrupt country in Asia, a media report said.  Depicting how pervasive the problem is across Asia, a list released by Forbes – Asia’s Five Most Corrupt Countries – says that India beats Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan and Myanmar, when it comes to bribery rate, the report said. 

The Forbes article, which rates India the highest in the list with 69 percent bribery rate, describes 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”, the report said.

The article, however, goes on to praise Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘fight against corruption’, the report said.

“However, Modi’s fight against corruption has made a mark: 53 percent of the people think he is doing it fairly or very well. And it has led to people feeling empowered, as 63 percent believe ordinary people can make a difference,” it added.

The 18-month long survey by Transparency International was concluded after talking to more than 20,000 people in 16 countries, regions and territories in the Asia Pacific.  The Berlin-based corruption watchdog had put India at 76 out of 168 countries in its Corruption Perception Index last year. The country’s 2015 corruption perception score remained the same as 2014’s – 38/100 – showing lack of improvement.

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