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Re: Tax on India-educated-NRIs

Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
I find A Guru's suggestions interesting though. So, if a person cannot
a job in India, then if they stay unemployed that's okay. But if they
to find work abroad, then that's "abandonment of India" which needs to
penalized with heavy taxation. So a person who stays unemployed in India
considered a much better person that one who finds a job outside the

Likewise, should you not be applying the taxation penalty to anyone who
takes a job outside of India? Then anyone who works outside the country
be considered an absconder, while patriotic people who stay unemployed
home in India can be spared the penalty.

Hey, I am not opposing it, because it doesn't apply to me. But I can see

that it will result in people going to private or foreign institutions
training, rather than IITs/etc. Or else, the IIT grads will fully
and obviously you cannot apply taxation to one who is neither a citizen
your country, nor is working on its soil.

Padmanabha's suggestions seem more in line with international practices.

People take loans to study, then they have to repay them upon
And that applies to everybody. Seems like a reasonable idea to me.

----- Original Message -----
From: Padmanabha Rao <kvprao@igidr.ac.in>
To: <debate@indiapolicy.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2001 2:16 AM
Subject: Tax on India-educated-NRIs

> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!

> ---------------------------------------------------------------------
> On Fri, 9 Mar 2001, A Guru wrote:
>  A mention should be made in the IPI policy that all people having
>  studied in India and now working in foreign lands are taxed heavily
>  the education they received and an additional penalty imposed for the

>  loss in the chance to educate another fellow citizen who would be of
> use
>  in India. Such a "tax" should include the situation where knowledge
>  rich experience is gained (however lopsided one might think of it)
>  subsequently wasted
> Very right. Indeed there has been a proposal [*] to charge students in

> the
> Universities the actual costs, and enable the payment through fairly
> cheap
> loans repayable upon being employed, and *waiving the repayment by a
> certain percentage for every year spent working on Indian soil or
> employed
> in Indian currency* . Such a scheme would also bring the sorely needed

> accountability in the education system.
> Thanks.
> Padmanabha Rao
> [*] The proposal, as I read it first, was in an article in the ET
> authored
> by Dr K S Parikh, former Director, IGIDR.

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