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Right to a second child 'should be transferred'

By Cai Wenjun (Shanghai Daily)

09:32, March 05, 2012

COUPLES with the right to have a second child should be able to "sell" that right to the government for distribution to couples who don't, a deputy to the National People's Congress, said yesterday.

Li Xinghao, from southeast China's Guangdong Province, said the government should set up a department to collect applications from couples who want to give up their right and couples eager to have a second child but for whom it would be in contravention of China's family planning policy.

The government would require couples who wanted a second child to pay a sum equivalent to basic social insurance and other benefits including university tuition for the first child of the couple giving up the right.

Li gave no figures but the total sum would be less than the costs involved if couples had a second child illegally.

The couple giving up their right to a second child would then receive the benefits from the government.

He said his idea would help poor families.

According to China's Population and Family Planning Law, there are only a few conditions under which a couple can have a second child. For example, if both spouses are from one-child families or if the first child has a non-hereditary disease. In some rural areas, couples are allowed a second child if their first is a girl.

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