Beijing: A booming eastern Chinese province has warned officials that they could face demotion or even dismissal if they failed to enforce the mandatory family planning norms of the government in their organisations.
Officials in east China’s Zhejiang Province will now be demoted or even fired if they fail to properly enforce family planning policies in their organisations, a new regulation issued by the provincial government said.
China faces a looming baby boom as newly-rich couples find they can afford to pay fines incurred from having more than one child, state media reported on Monday.
Upward pressure on the birthrate also is coming from millions of Chinese in their 20s and 30s who are allowed two children under the policy because they themselves were single children, Xinhua news agency quoted China’s top family planning official as saying.
“Local officials whose precincts have not passed an annual assessment on the work of family planning and whose subordinates defy the family planning policy by having more children than recommended will not be promoted,” the new regulation said.
It said officials who fabricated population data in order to pass assessments will also face punishment.
Officials will be demoted or dismissed if they fail to pass family planning performance assessment twice in their term, Xinhua news agency reported.
The family planning policy is credited with preventing 400 million new births in the country.
China’s top family planning official expressed concern yesterday that the country’s current low birth rate may not be able to sustain due to widening wealth gap and early marriages in rural areas.
“Early marriages are still prevailing in some parts of the country, especially in rural areas, which goes against the family planning policy,” director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC), Zhang Weiqing said.