IDPs crossing the contact line less than once in 60 days may lose their social benefits
11:47 / 27 Mar. 2017 / 683
Another one type of verification for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who receive state social benefits has entered into force since January 2017. Since January the facts of crossing the contact line and being on the territory beyond the control of the Ukrainian authorities for more than 59 days are to be checked by the special commission and Security \service of Ukraine. The details of this process had been reported by Eleonora Polishchuk, the director of Department of Social Protection of Luhansk Regional Military Civil Administration.
– The law said that a person may be absent on the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government for 59 days. If a person was not on this territory the Department of Social Protection was obliged to suspend the social payment before clarifying the circumstances. If there were any valid reasons, such as a disease and it was confirmed by a certificate we could extend this period up to 90 days. In other case, we suspended all social payments, – the director of the Department admitted.
She noted that all Departments of Social Protection received the list of those who crossed the contact line from the Security Service and of those citizens who were absent more than 60 days. In this regard, the representatives of the Departments checked the IDPs in the accordance to the verification procedure. Verification documents are sent to the commissions that work with each executive committee of the city councils and district state administrations to decide whether keep on payments or not.
Polishchuk stressed that this kind of verification concerned, in particular, IDP pensioners. The official warned people that they had to take the current legislation, i.e. a person may be out of Ukraine for 59 days only.
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