World Justice Project (WJP) in the third week of March released the Open Government Index 2015.
Out of the 102 countries assessed in the 2015 Index, Sweden topped the list in terms of openness in the government. It is followed by New Zealand and Norway at second and third place respectively. The other countries in the top ten are: Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Republic of Korea.
Cambodia, Iran, Myanmar, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe are positioned last in the Index.
The Index used four dimensions namely Publicised laws and government data, right to information, complaint mechanisms and civic participation to assess openness in government functioning.
India’s position in the Index
India has been placed at the 37th position in the 2015 Index.
India scored 0.54 with 27th rank, 0.50 with 66th rank, 0.58 with 43rd rank and 0.65 with 39th rank among the surveyed countries in terms of publicised laws and government data, right to information, complaint mechanisms and civic participation respectively.
India is placed at the top among the South Asian countries followed by Nepal (40), Sri Lanka (52), Bangladesh (73), Pakistan (83) and Afghanistan (89).
India is placed at the third position among the Lower Middle Income countries after Georgia and Indonesia.