Corruption Essay

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Hyderabad: Corruption is socially acceptable in India and millions of Indian families bribe public servants for access to basic services, said former chief vigilance commissioner Pratyush Sinha on Friday at a talk organised by the Federation of AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( Fapcci) in association with the Hyderabad Management Association. Sinha said that while 30% of all Indians was totally corrupt, 50% of them are borderline cases. He added that just about 20 % Indians were honest. The report card on corruption in India also had a social angle with Sinha pointing out that in modern India, it is the rich person who gets automatic respect. "If somebody has a lot of money, he is respectable . Nobody questions by what means he has made his money ," Sinha said. He added that while in the past people used to look down upon the corrupt, that was no longer the case. India has been ranked 94th out of 176 countries in Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perception Index (CPI). Last year, India was ranked 95 out of 183 countries that were studied. In this year’s CPI, India earned a very low score of 36 on a scale from 0 (most corrupt) to 100 (least corrupt). Transparency International India attributed the low score to the recent scams and incidents of corruption in the public sector involving government officials, private officials and private companies. Two-thirds of the 176 countries recorded a CPI score below 50. Denmark, Finland and Switzerland topped the index with a score of 90 followed by Sweden with a score of 88. Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia were perceived as the most corrupt countries scoring just 8 out of 100. India has been ranked below neighbours Sri Lanka and China, while it fared better than Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Transparency International said data from 10 independent sources specialising in governance and

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