|Vice Chairperson of CPPCC Hainan Provincial Committee and Chairperson of the Hainan Provincial Committee of China Zhigong Party Lin Fanglue (C) at a meeting in 2013 [zg.org.cn]|
During the ongoing second session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, Vice Chairperson of CPPCC Hainan Provincial Committee Lin Fanglue has proposed that the government pay more attention to families which have lost their only child.
Lin, who also serves as chairperson of the Hainan Provincial Committee of China Zhigong Party, said that 30 years of family planning in China had reduced the population by 400 million, and has played an invaluable role in the development of both the economy and society. The family planning policy has recently been adjusted and more concern about the "loss of an only child" is urgently needed. The "loss of an only child" care project has increasingly become a hot issue of concern among the public.
First, the "loss of an only child" creates many social problems. According to preliminary statistics, almost one million families in China are facing this problem. Parents suffer greatly after losing their only child, and this can lead to instability in marriage.
Secondly, China is becoming an "aging society"; parents usually rely on their children for financial support instead of pensions. After parents lose their only child they have to turn to the rest of society and the government for help.
Lin proposed increasing economic aid for families who have lost their only child. Insurance for single child families are highly recommended, and a special fund should be established.
For the "loss of an only child", the most critical issue is the pension. More policies can be created to reduce the financial burdens after losing an only child. Organizations can also provide voluntary services to help these parents.
Counseling services are also important, and relevant departments should consider establishing free counseling services to help these parents overcome this difficult period.
(Women of China)
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