A former member of a government advisory body in Xiaochang county, Hubei province , has been ordered to pay 765,500 yuan in fines for flouting the one-child policy, as officials crack down on family planning breaches by the rich and famous. Quoting a circular from the provincial population and family planning agency, the Wuhan-based Chutian Metropolis Daily reported that Li Shaoqing , who is also the chairman of a county cement company, had been dumped from the Xiaochang county Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the top government advisory body in the area, because he fathered a second child in 2006. The fines imposed on Mr Li are believed to be the highest ever for family planning policy violations in Hubei, and possibly the mainland, since the controversial law was introduced in 1979. The one-child policy, which has seen violators subjected to harsh treatment ranging from forced abortions to demolition of homes as well as demotions and intra-party discipline, has been at the centre of an international furore for years. But broad social changes, such as the shift away from work units, have made it difficult to enforce the law through traditional internal party or work unit controls, and violators are often simply ordered to pay a fine based on the average annual income in their area in the name of 'social maintenance'. Relaxation of the law has been followed by a jump in the number of violations among the rich and famous, who often take advantage of lax enforcement to pay their way out of trouble when they are found to have more than one child, setting off a heated debate over the lack of equal treatment under the law. The Hubei Family Planning Commission said 1,678 officials, celebrities and rich people in the province, including Mr Li, had been found to be in violation of the law last year and similar statistics can be found in many other regions on the mainland. Hubei family planning official Jiang Zhongsan told the daily that even fines in the hundreds of thousands of yuan were nothing to the rich and his organisation 'could do little to deter such violations'. Mr Jiang added that loopholes in the law were behind the violations, with some officials maintaining a mistress to flout the policy. Some mainland analysts have said that the fines should be tied to violators' personal incomes.