This was said by the MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Igor Shurma during a briefing in the Verkhovna Rada on Friday, May 19.
He noted that to date, former employees and veterans of the police receive a pension two times less than the former police officers. “Pensioners of the Ministry of Internal Affairs do not require an increase in pensions, but recalculation in accordance with the law, on the basis of which they served. Decisions taken by the authorities lead to a perceptible disproportion in the amount of pensions. Because of this, social tension in society is increasing,” the politician said.
“The issue of pension recalculation concerns more than 230,000 former employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, among whom there are war invalids, combatants and participants in the liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident. It’s a shame for the state! These people gave the best years of their lives to the service of the Ukrainian people, took an active part in the formation of Ukraine's independence,” Igor Shurma stressed.
According to him, according to the law, the police retirees should receive a new pension from January 1, 2016, but still they get the old way. “The law “On the National Police” was adopted in 2015, and the government began to ensure its implementation only in February 2017. As of May, the problem of the recalculation of pensions to former employees of the internal affairs bodies has not yet been resolved due to a lack of funds in the state budget. To recalculate pensions, about 6 billion hryvnia is needed,” the parliamentarian said.
The People’s Deputy appealed to the government with the demand “to assist in resolving the issue of recalculation of pensions and the enactment of the provisions of the Law of Ukraine of December 23, 2015 “On Amending Certain Laws of Ukraine Regarding Ensuring Social Protection of Former Employees of Internal Affairs Bodies of Ukraine and their members of families “in order to eliminate the imbalance in the pension provision of pensioners of police and pensioners of the police”.
“The Prime Minister, who is trying to present a non-negotiated pension reform, should ensure that people who have served Ukraine all their life, what they are guaranteed - pensions in accordance with the law,” Igor Shurma summed up.