India moves up on Transparency International list: PM Narendra Modi

Achhe din (Happy days) are back after Transparency International (TI), the global anti-corruption watch dog, gave India a thumbs up in combating corruption.


India has seen a gradual improvement in the corruption perception index — perceived levels of public sector corruption — among the 175 countries on the list. India is now ranked at 85 among the 175 countries with an overall score of 38.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium here, said that for the first time in 50 years, India has moved ahead of China in fighting corruption and bringing in transparency. “Our number was 95. But by bringing in transparency and fighting corruption, we have reached 85”, said Modi

Modi said “They (TI) earlier said that China was in a better position and way ahead of India (in transparency and fighting corruption)….. India has shown that it can wage a war against corruption in the last 17 months. Once India decides to do something, it does it, come what may”, he said.

Without naming anyone, Modi said that 17 months ago there was a perception in the world that India was on the brink of destruction given its economic condition, corruption and misgovernance. “Seventeen months ago, if you picked up any newspaper, saw any television debate on Youtube. there was one tune — that India was ruined and that it would not survive. So many illnesses were plaguing India,” he said.

The PM said there has been a complete transformation in the country during the last 17 months. “India has recorded its name in the list of those countries whose economy is growing faster. Earlier nobody dared to equate us with China because they were way ahead.. Now it is being said India will leave China behind. It can happen in 17 months,” he said.