BEIJING, Dec. 7 (PTI) The Chinese provinces have announced supportive measures, including a subsidy for pregnancy and childbirth expenses and tax breaks for couples wishing to have a third child. The aim is to stop the rapid decline in the birth rate in the world’s most populous country.
The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s national parliament, formally approved the three-child policy in August. This is a major policy step to address the deepening population crisis in the country.
The NPC passed the amended Population and Family Planning Act allowing Chinese couples to have up to three children. This may be a step towards solving the problem of Chinese couples not being interested in having more children due to the cost of child rearing.
Since the passage of the Population and Family Planning Act in August, more than 20 provincial provinces in China have revised their local birth control rules.
According to the Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency on Monday, regions including Beijing, Sichuan and Jiangxi have announced a number of support measures. This includes the provision of maternity leave, extension of maternity leave and extension of marital leave and maternity leave.
“The government should be at the forefront in sharing the cost of pregnancy and childbirth,” said Yang Wenjong, an official with the National Health Commission. ,
China withdrew its decades-old one-child policy in 2016 and allowed all couples to have two children. China was allowed to have three children after a census revealed that China’s population growth rate was slow.
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