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India fourth most corrupt in the world: survey

India is ranked the fourth most corrupt country among Asian pacific countries. According to the latest finding by Hong Kong-based consultancy firm Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd. (PERC), India is ranked fourth most corrupt country in the entire world. Cambodia has got the first place in this list, while Indonesia and Philippines have got second and third positions respectively. The findings also say that politicians at the local level like panchayati Raj, are more corrupt than the leaders at the national level. On a scale of zero to 10 with the high end means most corrupt. India’s score is at 8.7, Philippines 8.9, Indonesia 9.25, Cambodia 9.27, China 7.93, Vietnam 8.3, Singapore 0.37, Hong Kong 1.10, Australia 1.39, Japan 1.90 and USA 2.39. PERC in its Asian Intelligence report on Asian business and politics said, “The issue of corruption has grown and overshadowed the second term in office of the Congress-led coalition headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.” 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 in corruption, even though it appears that almost everyone around him was, observed PERC.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 7

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