Outcry caused as China called to set up “fertility fund” to reverse falling birth rate

By Silvi writer

Chinese scholars have called for an end to birth control, in a bid to resolve the problem of dropping fertility rate faced by the country.

But those scholars have also caused public outcry for proposing salary deductions for all under-40s to subsidize families with 2 kids in a bid to encourage more births.

China’s authorities have, in recent years, launched a series of incentive policies to encourage couples to have a second baby, in an effort to boost China’s lowering fertile rate, which dropped to what scholars referred to as a “shockingly low level” last year.

China recorded 17.23 million births in 2017, 630,000 less than in 2016, with births in the first half of 2018 at least 15 percent less than in the same period in 2017. “The peak birth period since the ‘two-child’ policy has passed,” the newspaper, Xinhua Daily, said on Aug 14.

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The number of Chinese women in their peak fertility age will drop by 40 percent within the next 10 years. China’s fertility rate faces a significant drop, the report noted.

The report stressed that the country should “immediately remove birth limits as a short-term response.”

The report also proposed to establish a fertility fund where citizens under the age of 40 would be required to contribute to the fund every year until they have two children.

They can withdraw their money and a subsidy supported by the government when they have their second child or beyond. The report considers people born between 1986 and 1990 the group that would be most open to having children.

This group numbers 120 million and has two years left in their peak childbearing period. The country “should seize the opportunity to maximize fertility,” the report said.

On the contrary, the fees already collected should serve as a subsidy for families of four.

Some netizens, however, consider the recommendation unfair for families who prefer not to have a second child.

Some netizens, however, consider the recommendation unfair for families who prefer not to have a second child.

“Those who were born in the 1980s are the most unlucky generation, for whatever we do, having no baby, one baby, or more, are all wrong,” a young lady wrote on Weibo, China’s twitter, and was quickly liked by tens of thousands of other netizens.

China abandoned the controversial one-child policy in 2016 to allow all families have two children, a move aiming at tacking its rapidly ageing population.

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For about 4 decades, most couples in China were only allowed to have on child, a notorious, mandatory policy the government imposed in the late 1970s in order to control the population.

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