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According to the report titled: Corruption Perception Index 2013 by Transparency International,

•    India's score stands at 36, the same as it was in 2012. It is among majority of the 177 countries in 2013 having index score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

•    India presently ranks 94 among 177 nations. What is more surprising is that its neighbouring countries like Bhutan (Rank: 31; Score: 63), China (Rank: 80; Score: 40) and Sri Lanka (Rank: 91; Score: 37) are better performers in terms of Corruption Perception Index. Pakistan ranks far below at 127.

•    India's rank has slipped below by 22 since 2007, exhibiting how major scams like 2G scam, coal allocation scam etc. have tainted its image among the citizens.

•    The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 demonstrates that all countries still face the threat of corruption at all levels of government, from the issuing of local permits to the enforcement of laws and regulations.

•    The Corruption Perceptions Index is based on experts’ opinions of public sector corruption. Countries’ scores can be helped by strong access to information systems and rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions, while a lack of accountability across the public sector coupled with ineffective public institutions hurts these perceptions.

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