India most corrupt Asian country, Vietnam second: Forbes

India tops the list of Asia’s most corrupt nation, according to a survey by Transparency International (TI), a Berlin-based anti-corruption watchdog.

The Forbes article, which rates India the highest in the list with 69 per cent bribery rate, describes India as: “In five of the six public services – schools, hospitals, ID documents, police, and utility services – more than half the respondents have had to pay a bribe.”

India is closely followed by Vietnam at 65 percent bribery rate.

The 18-month long survey by Transparency International was concluded after talking to more than 20,000 people in 16 countries, regions and territories in the Asia Pacific. The corruption watchdog had put India at rank 76 out of 168 countries in its Corruption Perception Index last year. The country’s 2015 corruption perception score remained the same as 2014’s – 38/100 – showing lack of improvement.

Japan came out as the least corrupt nation, with a 0.2 per cent bribery rate, the report said.