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Beijing eases on family planning penalties




China reduces penalties on family planning policy. Photo: VCG

BEIJING, China (Global Times) – Many Chinese cities have relaxed their penalties on violating the family planning policy, which means excessive births no longer lead to dismissal for civil servants and employees of state-owned enterprises.

Experts on Monday noted the move signals a further relaxation of the fertility policy amid the country’s declining birth rate.

Guangzhou, capital of South China’s Guangdong Province, released a revised regulation on population and family planning in December 2019, which deleted a provision expelling employees with excessive births and changed the punishment to a range of penalties from warning and demotion to dismissal.

A total of 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions have revised their family planning regulations, but the provisions of the regulations differ with regard to the legal responsibilities that people with excessive births should bear, Beijing-based newspaper China Times reported on Monday.

Reducing penalties on couples who gave birth to more than two children is the latest proof of China’s relaxation of the fertility policy, Yuan Xin, a professor at the Institute of Population and Development of Nankai University, told Global Times on Monday.

After the ending of the one-child policy which had lasted for more than 30 years, China adopted a universal two-child policy in 2016.

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