(January 26, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranks countries according to the perceived level of public sector corruption where Sri Lanka is ranked 95th out of 176 counties with a poor score of 36, Electoral Integrity Project Manager of Transparency International Sri Lanka, Sashee de Mel, who herself was accused of corruption by manipulating the funds of the local branch of this well-reputable anti-grift organization told the media.
Many are throwing stones from the glass houses, as it is a secured monkey business in a deteriorated societies like Sri Lanka where the accountability is nothing but a farce.
However, addressing a press briefing at the Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute in Colombo yesterday she said that the ranks are based on a scoring system that ranges between 0 (public sector perceived as highly corrupt) to 100 (public sector perceived as very clean).
The Corruption Perceptions Index aggregates data from a number of different sources that provide perceptions of business people and country experts of the level of corruption in the public sector. The CPI 2016 is calculated using 13 different data sources from 12 different institutions that capture perceptions of corruption within the past two years, she has founded the data in the report issued by the Transparency International which is now public domain.
Globally, the data reveals that a staggering 69 percent of the 176 countries scored below 50 in the 2016 CPI indicating the high levels of perceived public sector corruption prevalent throughout the world. 2016 also marks an alarming trend where more countries had declined rather than improve in the overall index. Denmark and New Zealand are jointly ranked 1st in the 2016 CPI with a score of 90 followed by Finland, Sweden and Switzerland ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. India has scored highest in the South Asian region with a score of 40 and ranked 79th overall. India is followed by Sri Lanka and the Maldives which are jointly ranked 95th.
As we have reported earlier while quoting a letter issued by the staff at the TISL, “Sashee de Mel the manager of the project titled Enhance Election Integrity, a joint project TISL has done with PAFERAL and CAFFE. Taxpayers’ money coming from countries in the European Union was given to above 03 election monitoring organisations to improve the Electoral Integrity. More than 120 Million Rupees were distributed among them”.
“This corruption was taken place when an animation video of 45 seconds on Right to Information was developed by TISL. It was unclear whether the TISL has obtained prior approval from the EU delegation before they used EU funds to develop such animations on Right to Information,” the letter argued.
However, “Market Gru, which is the accused person’s boyfriend’s production house, has developed two animations videos by charging Rs. 1.1 Million Sri Lankan rupees. The amount was paid by the TISL. This was done without calling for bidders. There are plenty of production houses in Colombo and TISL’s whistleblowers have complained that this 45-second animation could have produced for less than one hundred thousand Sri Lankan rupees. But quotation was not called and bidding process was not taken place due to her pressure.”