China examines easing one-child birth policy

China may ease strict birth policy

Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:48:23 GMT

China has started to examine a bill which permits couples to have two children under special conditions in a bid to stop a decreasing birth rate.

The bill has been submitted by China’s cabinet to the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) to provide an amendment to population and family planning regulations. If the amendment is ratified, the new policy will go into effect since March 2014.

The new legislation tries to address the country’s birth rate which has dropped between 1.5 and 1.6 since the 1990s. The current law allows couples to have two children only if both parents are single children in their families. However, the submitted bill eases the situation by permitting couples to have a second child when either parent has no siblings.

Sun Shichao, a committee member, has backed the new policy for its positive effects on the country’s economy and public services.

China’s family planning law was first introduced in the 1970s to put a halt on population increase and restrict the number of children in urban and rural families.

The new legislation is expected to be enacted in some parts of the country in the first quarter of 2014.

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