Hainan officials are planning to introduce a controversial rule that strips anyone found gambling, visiting prostitutes, taking drugs or violating state family planning laws of the right to new social welfare benefits. The rule was part of a wider set of regulations aimed at helping impoverished villagers and would be implemented by the provincial government on November 1, the Haikou Evening News reported. Farmers with incomes below a local minimum standard will get benefits of at least 60 yuan a month. But the regulation stipulates that 'people found gambling, whoring, taking drugs or violating state family planning policy and having more children than permitted will not be able to enjoy the benefits'. An academic said the rule was against the country's constitution. Yang Lixiong , social welfare specialist at the Renmin University of China, said the constitution obliged the state to ensure basic living conditions for every citizen. He said the crimes mentioned in the new rule were issues related to Chinese laws, regulations or just moral standards, but survival was the basic right of every human being. 'Those who break the law should be able to enjoy all basic rights given by the constitution after their deserved punishments. The right to social welfare for basic living should not be taken away for any reason.' He also said inconsistent criteria entitling citizens to basic social welfare was a common problem. Some provinces rule that people who own mobile phones are not eligible for welfare, while others rule out anyone who raises pets. Professor Yang said many government officials still considered welfare as 'gifts to the people', not a state obligation. He said this attitude encouraged governments to put different requirements in place that went against the constitution. He said the lack of a national unified law or regulation on social welfare was to blame for the problem and suggested the Ministry of Civil Affairs establish one. 'The authorities only require local governments to establish a welfare system, but do not say what they should do or how they should do it.' Professor Yang suggested that authorities bring in a regulation stating that only people's income and property would be taken into account when deciding if they were eligible for welfare. Local governments could establish their own terms for the two requirements.