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Transparency International puts India in Red Zone for corruption
A report by Transparency International should be a concern for India: The organisation has placed on India in the 'Red Zone' for failing to curb mega corruption scandals and petty bribery.

2016 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report, the annual index of Transparency International was released in Berlin on Wednesday for 2016. India has scored 40 points out of 100 and has been placed with Brazil and China. The report also said that India's condition showed growth with inequality. It said that the country's economy was growing but along with that, inequality is also growing.

"India's on-going poor performance with a score of 40 reiterates the state's inability to effectively deal with petty corruption and large-scale corruption scandals. The impact of corruption on poverty, illiteracy and police brutality shows that not only the economy is growing – but also inequality," Transparency International said.

The score of 40 means that India has been placed in the Red zone - the high corruption zone. Though India has improved the position by two points, but continues to remain in the same red-zone of corruption.

"The lower-ranked countries in our index are plagued by untrustworthy and badly functioning public institutions like the police and judiciary. Even where anti-corruption laws are on the books, in practice they're often skirted or ignored," the report said.

In terms of rankings, however, India has improved by three positions from 76 to 79 and has been rated lower than all its neighbours except Bhutan.

Transparency campaigners have been demanding for long that India strengthen its anti-graft laws and ensure their effective implementation.

The report deemed New Zealand and Denmark to be the least corrupt nations with a score of 90 and Somalia was rated as the most corrupt country.

To prepare the index, Transparency International rated 176 countries based on information provided by various institutions such as the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

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