While Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to claim that his government has been able to crack down on corruption, this news will force him to rethink. According to the latest data by the Transparency International, India has been dubbed as the most corrupt Asian country. Add to this, what might cause heartburn among his supporters is the fact that Pakistan is less corrupt than our country.
India leads the dubious list and is followed by Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan and Myanmar. The report states that our country has an ignominious bribery rate of 69 per cent. More than half of 20,000 respondents claimed that they had to furnish bribe at schools, hospitals, procuring ID documents and other utility services. Despite the poor performance, more than 53 per cent people thought that the government had fared well in the fight against corruption. On the other hand, with a bribery rate of 65 per cent, the Vietnamese consider corruption in their country as an endemic. More than 60 per cent people in the country thought that their government’s performance is poor in terms of fighting graft.
Thailand is placed at the third spot with a bribery rate of 41 per cent. However, 14 per cent of its population feel that corruption increased in the past 12 months and 72 per cent people felt that the government was handling the crusade against corruption well. Pakistan occupies the fourth spot with 3/4th the respondents believing that almost all or most of the people in the police are corrupt.
Seizing the opportunity, Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas took a jibe at PM Modi over the report. Here’s what he tweeted.
पहले ही कहा था “नॉ वन बना दूँगा” बना दिया https://t.co/NBQVLNMhld
— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) September 1, 2017
We wonder how PM Modi would react to this.