China drops one-child policy
Q. China has recently dropped the controversial one-child policy on 29th October 2015 and allowed couples to have how many children?- Published on 30 Oct 15
Bowing to pressures of an ageing society and a lowered workforce, China has eliminated the one child policy. The Chinese Communist Party has allowed couples to have two children which is an advance over 2013 ruling. This is applicable only for couples where one of the parents was a single child. One child policy is meant to lower the population. As per UN estimates, close to 440 million persons in China would exceed 60 by 2050 indicating a massive decline in the labour pool. In the previous year, the working population fell between 15 to 59 by 3.71 million. A question remains if rising living costs will lead to families having more than one child. State media has noted that of 30,000 families which could benefit from the 2013, rules, only 6.7 percent have applied for a second child.