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I HAVE always been an ardent admirer of Bunker Roy. His recent writings (December 7,1996) however prompt this response. First, let me introduce myself: I am probably not a volunteer. I am a professional engineer with a skill for system design. Feeling unhappy about my comfortable life as a college professor, I gave up my job, took a loan, raised funds from within India and outside and created a small institute where I train tribals from villages. I take up consultancy work and pay myself a salary of Rs 5,000 a month and the rest goes to train tribals. I need the money to pay for my house, my family and for my daughter's education. This letter is really about FCRA and the problems mentioned by Roy. It would be good to know the distribution of Rs 2,000 crore foreign money. The problem with FCRA as it stands today is that it solves nobody's problems. With the introduction of rupee convertibility, NRI facilities, open investment policies, etc, one need not work under FCRA regulations at all. 1 feel the Rs 2,000 crore in foreign exchange is being used to import oil for the lndian rich. And the earners(NGOs) are certainly entitled to the benefits given to industries who bring in foreign exchange. I suggest that the government should double the amount any NGO brings in through proper channel in dollar form. This will settle the ratio of external to internal money. If these NGOs do not harm the country, say by importing equipment manufactured within India or supporting a bomb factory they are entitled to enjoy a good life.

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