The state Duma rejected the draft to increase the size of payments to invalids-blockade

© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova in photobacteria of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Archival photoThe state Duma rejected the draft to increase the size of payments to invalids-blockade© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova the image Bank

The state Duma on Thursday at plenary rejected in the first reading a bill that increases the size of the monthly payments for the residents of besieged Leningrad, recognized as disabled.

The bill was introduced by deputies from the Communist party in September 2017. As the authors note in the explanatory Memorandum, «the bill is prepared taking into account the appeals of participants of the great Patriotic war and inhabitants of blockade Leningrad, disability, public organizations, uniting residents of besieged Leningrad with a request to increase the level of government measures of their social support given the fact that their health was undermined during the war at the fronts of the battles during the siege of Leningrad by Nazi troops, and the costs of treating and maintaining their health is increasing every year due to ill health, the real growth of prices for medicines, personal use items and for the various services.»

The bill proposes to increase the monthly allowances from the current 1699 rubles to 3088 rubles.

According to the explanatory Memorandum, of the order of 110 thousand the citizens awarded by a sign «Inhabitant of blockade Leningrad», more than 97 thousand people are disabled, which is 88,77 % of their total number, as evidenced by the data of the Pension Fund of Russia. According to the authors of the bill, this data is further evidence of the dire consequences of war and blockade of Leningrad, which had a direct impact on the health of the citizens-the siege of Leningrad.

Members noted that to provide additional measures of social support of veterans of war from among the participants of the great Patriotic war, recognized as disabled, including citizens awarded by a sign «Inhabitant of blockade Leningrad», recognized as disabled, at the expense of the Federal budget transferred in the budget of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation in the order of transfers from the Federal budget in 2019, will require an additional 2,263 billion.

In the plenary session, the parliamentarians pointed out the discrepancy in the estimates presented by the authors of the bill. The amount of monthly payments on the basis of which the calculations are made, were indexed from 1 February 2018, however, introduced a bill based on data from 2017.

Source