6 January 2016

Street Vendors in India Complain about the Bribes they have to Pay just to stay in business

A Street Vendors Act aimed at regulating 10,000,000 street vendors and protecting their rights has been passed by parliament, but the New Delhi High Court says the local government has failed to implement the law.

A vendor selling clothes said he regularly pays bribes to police and local authorities. "For so many years I have been hearing about this act, but frankly speaking nothing seems to move on," said Vinod Kumar, 69.

“It's always painful to pay a weekly bribe out of my hard-earned money. We are made to act like criminals as we have to grease their palm to seek protection and carry on trade without harassment," said Rajesh Kumar, 53, selling mobile phone accessories.