ArmInfo. Armenian servicemen who have been injured or disabled during military service during demobilization will be able to rely on a military pension, regardless of the timing. Amendments to the Law "On State Pension" were approved at a meeting of the RA Government on October 10.
Presenting the draft decision, RA Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Gemafin Gasparyan noted that according to the current regulation it is stipulated that servicemen can receive a military pension within five years after the corresponding conclusion of the military medical commission. However, as the Deputy Minister emphasized, the RA Constitutional Court by its decision of July 12 of this year found this provision unconstitutional. In this regard, an amendment is introduced into the document, according to which the concept of "five-year term" is removed. At the same time, Gasparyan found it difficult to indicate the specific amount of the budget allocation, since there is no data on the number of applicants. In turn, RA Minister of Defense David Tonoyan emphasized that this proposal is a continuation of the policy of restoring social justice. He emphasized that, for example, members of officers who died or were injured while protecting the borders would be able to rely both on state benefits in the amount of 60 thousand drams and on assistance from the Military Insurance Fund in the amount of 240 thousand drams. Moreover, we are talking about the average amount of payments, which is due to the military rank of a serviceman, the length of service and other parameters. The Minister recalled the decision taken on the eve of the Board of Trustees of the Fund, which expanded the list of military personnel. If earlier only families of soldiers who died or were injured from January 1, 2017 could count on assistance, now this period is postponed until January 1, 1998.
RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan pointed out the importance of the decision adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Fund, adding that the RA government will take all necessary measures to ensure worthy benefits for all military personnel from the moment Armenia gained independence. "I urge you to have a little patience, because this is a big and complicated work," the head of government said, adding that this is the third initiative to expand the list of beneficiaries.
Recall that on the eve of the Defense Ministry of Armenia a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Military Insurance Fund, better known as the "1000 AMD" fund, was held. As the press secretary of the RA Ministry of Defense Artsrun Hovhannisyan said on his Facebook page, during the meeting a decision was made to expand the network of beneficiaries of the fund. "In particular, it was decided that from January 1, 2020, within the framework of the compensation program, families of military personnel who died or received a disability from January 1, 1998 will be provided. Undoubtedly, this is an important decision for thousands of families," wrote Hovhannisyan.