The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. This year’s analysis shows corruption is more pervasive in
countries where big money can flow freely into electoral campaigns and where governments listen only to the voices of wealthy or well-connected individuals.
First launched in 1995 by the Transparency International, the Index has been widely credited with putting the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda. Transparency International is a non-profit,non-governmental organisation dedicated to fighting corruption. It was founded in 1993 and is based in Berlin, Germany.
India’s score of 41 out of 100 remains the same as that in 2018. It has been ranked at number 80. In democracies like India, unfair and opaque political financing, undue influence in decision- making and lobbying by powerful corporate interest groups, has resulted in stagnation or decline in the control of corruption.