People demand to recalculate the pensions for Chernobyl victims, – Roman Semenukha

On Thursday, April 19, bill No. 4442, which proposes to consolidate the rights of persons who became disabled as a result of the Chornobyl disaster at the legislative level in the Law of Ukraine “On the Status and Social Protection of the Citizens Affected by the Chornobyl Disaster” was presented in the session hall of the parliament.

Chornobyl victims lost their pension bonuses after the entry into force of the Resolution No. 1210 of the government of Mykola Azarov in 2011. In 2017, the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 851 restored the rights of this category of persons with disabilities. However, as a matter of fact, there are continuous complaints coming from various regions of the country saying that the Pension Fund is not paying the corresponding allowances.

“Almost at every meeting, people demand to recalculate the pensions to Chornobyl victims. Therefore, there is no doubt that we have to vote for this bill. The faction of Samopomich Union in the parliament will support it in the first reading,” says MP Roman Semenukha.

The deputy also noted that the government had given negative findings to this bill, which indicates the unwillingness of officials to change the situation: “According to the authors’ calculations, 5.2 billion hryvnias per year will be needed to pay these extra payments.

I think we need to find sources for filling the budget, since the Pension Fund budget is scarce. We need to consult with the government as to how we will be able to pay the debt to people.”


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