The Anna Hazare movement and implications for Restaurant Businesses

Posted by fshsfhsfh on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It has been amazing to witness the level of public (common man) support Anna Hazare has been getting for his "India Against Corruption" movement.

Restaurant businesses, like very other business and every individual in India, have pretty much accepted corruption as a way of life, whether it be getting and renewing their trade licenses & health certificates annually, complying with labour laws (which are so complicated that complying with them is virtually impossible), keeping the local policemen happy, keeping the local corporators happy, politically backed local associations which demand support for all sorts of festivals, events etc.

Most mature businesses now budget a monthly/annual amount towards miscellaneous cash expenses, a large part of which is bribes paid to the various individuals involved.

I would love to see a day when Restaurant business owners can go about their business without having to pay a bribe. The Anna Hazare movement and the events over the last 2 days seem to be a glimmer of hope to see a corruption free India.

Maybe it can start with all Restaurant business owners in an area getting together and trying to renew their annual trade license in Feb 2012 without having to pay a bribe.

"Jai Hind"

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