Anti Corruption Day observed
On the occasion of the Anti Corruption Day - 9 December, a hotline (a toll free number -16600122233) has been established by the Central Investigation for Abuse of Authority (CIAA) - a facility supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the Government of Nepal in its efforts to reduce corruption - by enabling the Nepalese citizens to confidently report directly against any incidents witnessed, involving corruption or bribe.
As part of its advocacy efforts, UNDP produced and sponsored a number of Anti Corruption Public Service Announcements (PSAs) through the UN Radio - Radio Chautari and Radio City 98.8 FM Station respectively, with the objective of spreading the message that corruption can halt all development efforts. The PSAs produced through Radio Chautari were translated into five local languages and broadcasted through more than 60 local FM stations for wider dissemination among the general mass.
Nepal's rank of 146 out of 178 countries in the latest Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) with a score of 2.3 out of 10 gives a lot of reasons for concern . This is 22 places worse than Nepal's CPI 2008 score, which was 2.7. Such a poor show indeed reflects the acute state of corruption in Nepal.