The procedure for identification of pensioner-IDPs entailed huge queues in Oschadbank
11:26 / 16 Mar. 2017 / 227
Over the last two weeks, the pensioners registered as IDPs received SMS from Oshchadbank requesting to undergo the procedure of identification in the bank. It was done in regard to the adopted Resolution dated 28 December 2016 “On amendments to #637 Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine dated 5 November 2014”. The Resolution expands the powers of “State Savings Bank of Ukraine (Oshchadbank)” to suspend the social benefits for internally displaced persons if IDPs do not undergo the verification every 3 months from the date of opening the account.
According to “Right to Protect”, the pensioners have little information on the issue. So, the long queues registered by the monitors of “Right to Protect” in the localities of Donetska oblast. As reported by the same source in Kostiantynivka the pensioners made themselves the list of the line. Some of them reportedly waiting for the personal verification for three days. “Right to Protect” emphasizes that “Oschadbank” is not ready for such a large number of clients. Older people are forced to stand for several days, which negatively affects not only their health.
On 13 March in Severodonetsk the man reportedly died in the premises of “Oschadbank” standing in line with hundreds of other to be identified.
Public officials emphasize that immigrants should not suffer because of inconsistencies in the actions of the authorities.
The UN urged the Ukrainian authorities to resume the payment of pensions to residents of the Donbass.
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