Transparency International Current Affairs - 2020

Transparency International: Assam tops in budget formulation

According to the survey conducted by Transparency International, Assam tops in terms of budget formulation followed by Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. The states that were ranked lower in terms of budget formulation are Goa, Maharashtra and Punjab.

Highlights

The survey was conducted by the organization based on four parameters such as budgetary process, public disclosure, post budget fiscal management and efforts to make budget citizen friendly.

Transparency International

The international Non-Governmental Organization measures and prevents criminal activities arising due to corruption. It releases Global Corruption Index annually. The organization is also a member of UNESCO, United National Global Compact, UNESCO Consultative Status, United Nations Sustainable Development Group.

The Headquarters of Transparency International is located in Germany.

Other Key products of Transparency International

The Organization also provides Global Corruption Barometer that asks citizens about their personal experiences of corruption in their daily lives. Apart form this the organization also publishes Government Anti-Corruption Index.

Best Practices in Budget Formulation

The Transparency International conducted a survey to analyse the best practices followed by the states in the Budget Formulation.

About the Survey

The survey was based on 4 parameters which include public disclosure, budgetary process, post-budget fiscal management and efforts to make the budget more transparent and citizen-friendly. The findings of the survey are:

  • The top slot in the survey was occupied by Assam.
  • Assam was followed by Andhra Pradesh and Odisha in the ranking of best practices followed by states in the Budget formulation.
  • Meghalaya, Manipur and Punjab figured in the bottom list.
  • The report notes that Assam is the only state out of the 29 states and 2 UTs, which has published a Citizens Budget in the public domain.
  • Also, the government of Assam is the only government that has conducted budget awareness campaigns across 17 districts.

Transparency International

Transparency International is an international non-governmental organization based in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 1993 by a group of individuals who decided to take up a stance against corruption, today from villages in rural India to the corridors of power in Brussels, Transparency International gives voice to the victims and witnesses of corruption. The Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide.