Corruption begets corruption. China is having a problem.
China will crack down on penalties paid by families flouting strict family planning rules after a National Audit Office probe found $260 million in fines had been levied illegally, state media reported.
There has been growing public anger about the one-child policy, which was introduced in the late 1970s to prevent population growth spiralling out of control.
The policy covers 63 percent of China, although family planning rules have been loosened over the years to allow some couples to have a second child.
The audit office’s investigation of 45 counties in nine provinces and municipalities from 2009-12 found 1.6 billion yuan ($260 million) in fines had been given out in contravention of the rules, Chinese newspapers said on Thursday.
The “social support fee” – the fine – is meant to go towards the government budget to compensate for resources and public services the child would use.
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