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Bhutan cleanest in South Asia

The kingdom maintains top ranking in the region as per Transparency Int’l’s annual index

CPI 2014: Bhutan maintained its clean image and succeeded in remaining on top among South Asian countries in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2014, according to Transparency International’s annual index released on wednesday.

Bhutan scored 65 points and has been ranked 30th among 175 countries in the global corruption index.  Last year, Bhutan was ranked 31st among 177 countries.

Among the South Asian countries, though Afghanistan improved its score (+4) this year, it has remained at the bottom.

The CPI is based on expert opinion of public sector corruption.  It ranks countries and territories on a scale of 0-100 based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.  A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

“Corruption is a problem for all countries. A poor score is likely a sign of widespread bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs. Countries at the top of the index also need to act,” the report said.

More than two-thirds of the countries in the 2014 index score below 50.

Denmark is on top with a score of 92, while North Korea and Somalia share the last place, scoring just eight each.

Out of the 28 Asia Pacific countries in the index, which account for nearly 61 percent of the world’s population, the majority lag behind in their efforts in fighting corruption in the public sector, with 18 scoring less than 40 out of 100.

India is ranked 85th in the index.  The report states that, despite the engagement, innovation and participation of a vibrant civil society, media and people at large, corruption continues to be one of the country’s biggest challenges.

According to the report, poorly equipped schools, counterfeit medicines, and elections decided by money, are just some of the consequences of public sector corruption.



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