Dhaka – Bangladesh has been downed six notches to 149 in 2018 from the previous year in the global corruption perception index prepared by Transparency International, officials said on Tuesday.
Bangladesh’s rank in terms of corruption was 143 in 2017, and this year the South Asian country stands at 13th position from the bottom of the list, according to the TI study.
The study was formally unveiled in Dhaka by the corruption watchdog’s Bangladesh chapter, but the authorities in Bangladesh denied the findings saying there might have been some wrong in the study.
Bangladesh has been trying to curb corruption as per the law, said the chief of the state-run Anti Corruption Commission, Iqbal Mahmud.
Disclosing the study result, TIB Bangladesh chapter chief Iftekharuzzaman it was an “embarrassing low” for Bangladesh during its election year. Bangladesh’s position in terms of corruption among the South Asian country was second lowest after Afghanistan.
Pakistan stays three steps ahead of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh government headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who assumed office for the third-straight tenure through the December 30 general election, announced zero tolerance against corruption.
Hasina, at a recent public statement, said that there was uneasiness among the people about corruption in the society. She also warned the public service officials of consequences if they are found indulged in corruption saying that the salary she had raised for the public servants were more than enough for living a decent life.
The latest corruption index was measured in 180 countries. Impoverished African nation Somalia is the most corrupted country as per the corruption perception index.
Denmark stood top of the list with less corruption recorded in the European country followed by New Zealand, which was on the top of the list in 2017.
Iftekharuzzaman said Bangladesh has many commitments to curb corruption, but there had been hardly any actions towards those pledges. He said the anti-corruption commission has not been booking high-profile corruption, he added.