No change in fam­ily plan­ning pol­icy

Shanghai Daily - - METRO - Cai Wen­jun

THE Shang­hai Pop­u­la­tion and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion has said the city won’t loosen its strict fam­ily plan­ning pol­icy, at least for the present, although some lo­cal leg­is­la­tors have sug­gested al­low­ing all cou­ples with reg­is­tered res­i­dency to have a sec­ond child to ease the se­ri­ous ag­ing prob­lem.

The com­mis­sion said the ag­ing sit­u­a­tion will get bet­ter as a ris­ing num­ber of cou­ples from one- child fam­i­lies choose to have sec­ond child and more mi­grant peo­ple and ex­pa­tri­ates flock to Shang­hai, which will help bal­ance the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture.

It said the ag­ing is­sue was taken into con­sid­er­a­tion while for­mu­lat­ing the pol­icy in the 1970s, when pre­con­di­tions were set for hav­ing a sec­ond child.

Shang­hai has kept a neg­a­tive growth for reg­is­tered res­i­dents for 16 years. In 2009, 22.5 per­cent of lo­cal pop­u­la­tion was over 60 years old, dou­ble the na­tional level.

Hu Min, a deputy to the Shang­hai Peo­ple’s Congress, urged the com­mis­sion to loosen the pop­u­la­tion pol­icy, al­low­ing fam­i­lies where both spouses are reg­is­tered res­i­dents to have a sec­ond child.

The com­mis­sion be­lieved the ag­ing prob­lem and low birth rate are not the fault of the fam­ily plan­ning pol­icy.

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