Minister: Working group to assess social needs of killed servicemen’s families

A working group has been formed to assess the needs and social problems of families of servicemen who died as a result of a four-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh in early April, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Artem Asatryan told Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan during a cabinet meeting today.

The minister reported that the preliminary assessment of the social problems of families of the 64 soldiers, who were killed [during the hostilities], refers to their health, education, credit, housing and communal services and other issues.

Asatryan said that these families are in the center of provincial authorities’ attention. Besides, people continue to make material and financial donations.

“To make receiving support and ongoing work more targeted and systematic it is offered to introduce the institution of social workers,” said the minister.

During last week’s Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister instructed Artsvik Minasyan, the Minister of Economy, as soon as possible to develop a comprehensive proposal on creating a sustainable source of revenue for families of servicemen killed in combat operations and submit it to the government, citing financial sources.

As a result of renewed hostilities, which lasted from April 2 to 5, in the line of contact 92 Armenian servicemen were killed. To support their families funds have been raised.

Assistance has also been provided by individuals, non-governmental and civic organizations.

Social support for families killed in action is not limited to this. Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan, during the City Council meeting on April 27, instructed the Social Welfare Department to study the needs of the Yerevan families of soldiers killed or wounded and to resolve them as far as possible.

“I have also instructed the Department of Real Estate to study the housing conditions of the Yerevan families of soldiers killed at the frontline, and to offer possible proposals within the opportunities of the City Hall,” he said.