The rich and famous who have ignored the country's family planning policy by
having more than one child will have to pay a heavy price, according to a senior
official with the National Population and Family Planning Commission.
In addition to hefty fines, they will have their names recorded in an
official "bad credit" file and be disqualified for any awards and honours from
society, said Yu Xuejun, director of the commission's Department of Policies and
Yu said the commission is drafting a regulation with "concrete measures" to
punish the rich and famous for having more than one child, but he did not give
While the family planning policy is popularly referred to as the "one child
policy", it in fact limits only 35.9 percent of the population to having one
child, according to the commission.
In 19 provinces, farmers are allowed to have a second child if the first is a
girl. They account for more than half of the total population.
Farmers in five provinces or autonomous regions Hainan, Yunnan, Qinghai,
Ningxia and Xinjiang are allowed to have two children. They account for nearly
10 percent of the population.
The policy does not apply to people from ethnic minorities.
But many celebrities in cities, who can easily afford the fines about three
times the average disposable income for urban household often have two children.
"And 10 percent of them even have three," Yu told China Daily on Wednesday.
He admitted the matter had drawn great public attention.
"They will have to pay a dear price if they violate the family planning
policy," Yu said.
He said violations of the policy was also widespread among migrant workers,
who account for more than 10 percent of the country's population.
Yu estimated 5 to 10 percent of migrant workers leave their homes to have
more children. He admitted the government has no effective way to tackle the
China has maintained its family planning policy since the early 1970s. It has
helped reduce the country's population by 400 million and had delayed the
present 1.3 billion population mark by four years.
China will have 8 to 10 million more people each year in the coming two
decades, according to the commission.
(China Daily 03/02/2007 page1)