The Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC Yuriy Boyko said this after the meeting with representatives of Chernobyl organizations of the Zhytomyr and Kyiv regions, which was held in the Verkhovna Rada.
According to him, tension among Chernobyl victims is very strong, because people are outraged by the elimination of benefits. Now they hope that thanks to the decision of the Constitutional Court, the benefits will be restored. “The state is obliged to compensate people for the loss of health. These are not some privileges that can be given or not given. This is what the state under Art. 16 of the Constitution of Ukraine must do,” Yuriy Boyko underlined.
The politician recalled that in 2014 there was a violation of the Constitution, when people were deprived of what the state should provide them. “In December 2014, all privileges for Chernobyl victims were abolished and a Jesuit norm was introduced, that they could be provided only if the income per family member was less than UAH 881. Is it possible to live on UAH 881, buy medicine, pay space tariffs, ensure a normal existence? Of course, people are outraged,” the parliamentarian said.
“The Constitutional Court adopted a decision on the submission of 50 deputies, including 43 deputies from the OPPOSITION BLOC, and restored social guarantees to the victims of the Chernobyl disaster. I am pleased with this decision, but this is only the beginning of the struggle. We sent an appeal to the president and the prime minister to make this decision complete. The president is the guarantor of the Constitution, and the government must implement the court’s decision. If this does not happen, then we will help people go to the courts. For non-compliance with the law, criminal responsibility of government officials already comes,” Yuriy Boyko said.
“Today, justice has been restored, and the benefits and payments will be renewed. The government should budget it, and not to tell that there is no money in the state. It is necessary to steal less at customs, not to finance the construction of a police state, but to restore social justice and give people the opportunity to get help,” the Co-Chairman of the opposition faction said.
Yuriy Boyko also noted that if the decision of the Constitutional Court is ignored and social guarantees to the Chernobyl victims are not restored, then people are ready to go to protest actions.