Bribes, Borders and Middlemen: Why India’s GST Is a Game Changer
Seized vehicles. Bribes. Days-long delays. Moving goods across Indian states isn’t exactly easy — and that’s a major barrier to economic growth.
Rolling a truck of vegetables into Gujarat, the state once governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requires a bribe of 500 rupees to 2,000 rupees even with your papers in order, according to Rakesh Kaul, vice-president of Caravan Roadways Ltd., which has about 400 trucks plying India’s pot-holed roads. …