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India only 4th most corrupt in Asia Pacific

Singapore: India finds itself bracketed with
countries like Philippines and Cambodia, rated as the fourth most
corrupt nation among 16 countries of the Asia Pacific region surveyed
by leading Hong Kong-based business consultancy firm PERC.
The
Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd (PERC) rated India at 8.67
on a scale of zero to 10 with the high end being the worst case of
corruption scenario and ahead of the Philippines (8.9 points),
Indonesia (9.25 points) and Cambodia (9.27 points).
Among
the 16 countries reviewed in its latest report, Thailand was rated at
11 with a scale of 7.55, followed by China (7.93) and Vietnam (8.3).
Comparatively, Singapore was given a clean sheet with a
score of 0.37, followed by Hong Kong (1.10), Australia (1.39), Japan
(1.90) and USA (2.39), putting them in the top five.
In
India, according to the report, civil and other local-level political
leaders were found more corrupt than the national-level political
leaders, with the former given a score of 9.25 and the latter slightly
better at 8.97.
Indian civil servants at the city level too were rated at 8.18, worst than the civil servants at the national level (7.76).
“The
issue of corruption has grown and overshadowed the second term in
office of the Congress-led coalition headed by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh,” said PERC in its Asian Intelligence report on Asian business
and politics.
The
government has been wracked by a series of scandals involving the sale
of telecom licenses, preparations for the Commonwealth Games, a land
scam involving high level military officers, and improper property
loans made by state-owned financial institutions, it pointed out.
Though
investigations were underway to be followed by court trials, Indians
were still questioning whether or not the prime minister has the
political muscle to fight graft and whether the actions now being taken
were more for show than proof that the government was really cracking
down on business practices that were common but corrupt, it said.
Prime
Minister Singh has been put in such a defensive position that most of
his recent statements have been to stress how he has not personally
been involved with corruption, even though it appears that almost
everyone around him was, observed PERC.
“This
point is underscored by a recent WikiLeaks report that the ruling
Congress Party paid off parliamentarians back in 2008 to pass the
US-India civil nuclear deal,” it said.
The
report also noted that the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce
and Industry was worried that the problem of corruption and the way it
was being treated in the media could seriously hurt India’s
international image and scare away potential investors.
It
takes two to tango and the level of corruption in the public sector
would not be possible if there were not plenty of private businessmen
willing to pay bribes and work the political system, said PERC.
Source: IBN Live
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