New family planning reward policy slated
Updated: 2005-10-23 14:02
A new family planning reward
policy is to be introduced in 23 provinces, municipalities and autonomous
regions across the country this year.
to the new policy, rural couples with only one child or two daughters will be
eligible for a cash reward of no less than 600 yuan (72 dollars) each year when
they are 60 years old. The reward will last for the rest of their lives.
|Sun Jiuchang, a farmer in Central China's Henan
Province, thumbs up at the policy of rewarding the old who have a
small family. Photo is taken on June 9,
In east China's Anhui Province, which began practicing the new policy
recently, approximately 50,000 rural seniors are eligible for the cash reward
this year, according to the Anhui Provincial Committee for Family Planning.
The province also stipulates that those who have only one daughter or whose
only child died can get 240 yuan (29 US dollars) more.
The strategy of promoting care for girls and rewarding farmers for following
the national family planning policy aims to guide farmers to maintain the low
birth rate while addressing the high sexual imbalance.
China's family planning policy, launched in the late 1970s to check China's
rapid population growth, has reduced the country's population by an estimated
300 million. But the policy has also negatively impacted some rural families
lack of male laborers.
Last year, more than 310,000 farmers in 10 cities of the five provinces where
the pilot project was launched received around 200 million yuan (24 million
dollars) in cash rewards for having only one child or two daughters.
At present, China's central budget covers some 80 percent of the reward
allowances paid in China's less developed western regions, while in the
better-developed eastern coastal regions allthe reward money is paid from the
Concerned localities have adopted measures to guarantee the strict
implementation of the new policy.
Anhui Province stipulates that people who are found to misappropriate reward
allowances, cover up problems, practice fraud and provide false evidence will be
harshly punished or even face lawsuits.