Monday, 10 December 2012

Nepal stands 3rd most corrupt nation in South Asia

Despite having the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) in Nepal there is not much progress in combating corruption in Nepal because it has been promoted by politicians and political parites itself. Therefore, whoever comes to the power they ask CIAA chief to do as per their wish since appointment of their position is always based on political parities interest that has power. 

On the occassion of celebrating the International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December in Nepal very well said by a founding member of the Transparency International-Nepal, Mr Damannath Dhungana that "The parties, who often blame each other, are united when it comes to appointing commissioners to the CIAA," 

Expressing serious dissatisfaction with the government's apathy for corruption cases, Dhungana said he was often confused whether it is political parties or private businesses running state affairs. 

It is very said to know that even Maoist cadres have been actively involving in flourishing the corruption in Nepal at the programme, Prime Minister Babu Ram Bhattarai said corruption was bourgeoning at the political and administrative fronts. 

A recent survey in 2012 carried out by Transparency International has placed Nepal among the most corrupt countries in the world and ranked 139 scoring 27 out of 100 among 176 countries surveyed in the globe as per the Corruption Perceptions Index. 

The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories 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 - 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived as very clean. A country's rank indicates its position relative to the other countries and territories included in the index. This year's index includes 176 countries and territories.

Among South Asian countries (AfghanistanBangladeshBhutanIndiaMaldivesNepalPakistan, and Sri Lanka) Afghanistan stands most corrupt nation scoring 8 out of 100 followed by Bangladesh 26 scoring. Nepal and Pakistan stand 3rd most corrupt nation in the South Asia region.  

As per the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan shared the most corrupt country title with scores of 8 (the lower the number, the more corrupt) followed by Sudan, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, Venezuela, and Haiti scoring 13, 15, 17, 18 and 19 respectively. Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand tied for the least dishonorable spot with a corruption ranking of 90 followed by Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia, Norway, Canada and Netherland ranking 88, 87, 86, 85 and 84 out of 100. 

Interestingly USA ranked at 19th out of 176 countries scoring 73 out of 100 and our two gigantic neighbours, China ranked at 80 with 39 scored and India at 94 scoring 36. 


Reference
1. Int'l Anti-corruption Day: CIAA crippled as per parties' interests, says PM accessed from 
http://www.ekantipur.com/2012/12/10/top-story/intl-anti-corruption-day-ciaa-crippled-as-per-parties-interests-says-pm/363865.html
2. Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 accessed from http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2012/results/

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