Regional authorities are pushing back against the purported plan by the central government to modify or scrap altogether the loathed one child policy, Want China Times reports.
The reason for the pushback other than a passionate hatred of children in all forms? The one child policy is a huge revenue generator for regional governments. Wu Youshi, a lawyer who analysed public information from provincial family planning committees, says that fines paid for non-compliance with the one child policy in 10 provinces totalled over 10 billion yuan in 2012.
Sichuan province alone raked in 2.5 billion yuan in fees paid by couples who had children in contravention of family planning regulations.
According to China’s society compensation fee regulations, families in breach of the one-child policy are required to pay a fine that can range from several thousand yuan to as high as 300,000 yuan (US$49,000), depending on the area. While Chinese leaders are said to be considering ending the controversial policy, first applied in 1979, many say that it has yet to be amended as it is a huge source of revenue for the government.