Issues that were relevant for Zhytomyr region were considered during a joint meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy, Employment and Pension Provisions with representatives of local authorities and public organizations of Zhytomyr and the region.
Residents of the region are very keenly aware of the cancellation of benefits and allowances for Chernobyl victims. After all, 160,000 people still live in contaminated areas, including almost 50,000 children.
The MP, Chairman of the Zhytomyr Regional Organization of the OPPOSITION BLOC Yuriy Pavlenko once again called on the present people to intensify their work towards adopting draft laws that will restore social justice to the liquidators and those who suffered as a result of the terrible tragedy.
Yuriy Pavlenko also drew attention to the need to continue to fight for increasing pensions for military and law enforcement officials. “Since the end of last year, military pensioners’ actions were held in Zhytomyr, Korosten, Novohrad-Volynskyi, Berdychiv. In Zhytomyr region there are a lot of military units, and therefore the issue of pensions to the defenders of the Motherland is extremely important for the region,” he said.
For many years, among the most painful issues of the region are oncological diseases and their treatment. Today every 42nd patient has cancer. And the regional oncologic dispensary, built in the post-war years, does not meet modern standards of medical care, it has an outdated material and technical base.
Deputy of the Zhytomyr Regional Council from the OPPOSITION BLOC Natalia Rybak appealed to the Committee on Social Policy with a request to help allocate funds from the State Budget for the acquisition of a linear accelerator, which will provide an opportunity to treat people in a modern and high-quality way.
They also discussed the need to delay the introduction of the second level of medical reform, provide health workers with salaries and raise pensions for workers in the public sector.
“We agreed that we will audit all the benefits that were transferred to the field as a result of decentralization, and we will develop a proportional distribution of these obligations between the state and local budgets. All problems of Zhytomyr and the region, voiced during our joint meeting, are included in the protocol, which will be sent to the Ministry of Social Policy, the government and the deputy corps,” the MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC, member of the Committee on Social Policy Natalia Korolevska summarized.