The politics of hawking spots and street vendors don’t seem to end in Hyderabad’s street vending sector. The activist of the area has said that while the street vendors and hawkers are being the medium of causing inconvenience to the commuters and pedestrians, on the other hand, they are also bribing the local leaders and police of the area to keep their business alive.
Hawkers and vendors have said that on many occasions they are forced to pay unofficial rents even on the days their business is facing loses.
“Most street vendors or hawkers operate without a license or a registered business name and hence they don’t pay taxes to the government. These vendors must pay cops and leader some bribe so that the authorities look the other way and don’t arrest them for conducting business in an illegal manner”, said Mohammed Habeeb, a social activist.
The hawker union leader has said that collecting unofficial rent from the vendors is uncontrollable and police officials are also aware of it. To stop these unfair practice members of hawker association has taken the help of social media and requested the government to look into the matter.
President of laad bazaar welfare association, Mohd Amer, posted on facebook “Complaint against local leaders and shop owners who are taking money from the poor hawkers. On daily basis, Rs 600 is taken from them and the total monthly collection goes up to 1-2 Lakhs.
He also said that 8-10 middlemen are involved in taking the money from the hawkers to give it to the shop owners and if police try to take action against them they interfere and misbehave with the officers.