Liquidators of Chernobyl Catastrophe Can Be Deprived of Facilitations

2007 2007-04-11T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Soon the Belarusian government can annul all preferences for liquidators of the consequences of Chernobyl catastrophe. The appropriate draft law was prepared by the Soviet of Ministers and will be considered by the Chamber of Representatives. This information was confirmed at today’s meeting of the initiator of the establishment of the national public association Liquidator Aliaksandr Valchanin with the chair of the regular commission on problems of Chernobyl catastrophe Vital Kulikou. According to Valchanin, the deputies who work in this commission don’t support annulment of the preferences. However, as the practice shows, the drafts that are prepared by the Soviet of Ministers are approved by the Chamber of Representatives.

‘We can stop this process only in the case we manage to consolidate about 115 000 participants of Chernobyl catastrophe who live on the territory of Belarus. And we have quite little time for it’, stated Aliaksandr Valchanin in his interview with the press-service of the United Civil Party.

At present the liquidators have the following preferences. There are no wage bonuses for them. Lower fees for public transport, 50% discounts for public utilities were abolished earlier by a presidential decree. Only travels to sanatoriums and health resorts, free medicines and additional leaves of absence are left. Soon the liquidator can lose even these remnants. That’s why Aliaksandr Valchanin intends to initiate collection of signatures under the petition to Lukashenka with the demand to preserve the preferences to participants of the liquidation of the accidents consequences.