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India ranks 53rd in budget transparency; New Zealand tops: IBP’s Open Budget Survey 2019

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On April 30, 2020, According to the 7th edition of ‘Open Budget Survey 2019’ conducted by International Budget Partnership (IBP), India has been ranked at 53rd position among 117 nations in terms of budget transparency and accountability with the score of 49 out of 100. While at the same time New Zealand has been topped the list with a score of 87.
The global average transparency score on this survey was 45.India at 53rd position in budget transparency Here’s the list of Top & Bottom nations and India’s rank in the list:

Rank Country Name Score (Out of 100)
1 New Zealand 87
2 South Africa 87
3 Sweden 86
53rd India 49
115 Comoros 0
116 Venezuela 0
117 Yemen 0

Key Points:

i.Performance of India: As per IBP, the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA) has helped to know the performance of India in this survey, which is just a stagnation over the last few years.India also functioned better in publishing timely and relevant information in the audit reports and in-year reports.

ii.Reason for decline: The survey noted that non-appearance of a published Pre-Budget Statement and not presenting out a Mid-Year Review in 2018-19 decreased the transparency score for the Union Budget of India.

iii.Way forward: The IBP stressed India to provide adequate space for public participation for priority setting in its budgets & effectively use public resources judiciously and accountably, for its improvement.

About the ranking:

  • The survey ranked the countries in 5 different categories based on their scores.[0-20: scant, 21-40: minimal, 41-60:limited, 61-80:substantial,81-100:extensive].
  • It evaluates each nation’s 8 key budget documents of the Central or Federal Government, and assesses whether these are made public, in a timely manner, and provide comprehensive information.

About International Budget Partnership (IBP):
Headquarters
– Washington, D.C., United States (US)