From an inspection that the State Social Service has carried out in Cakran commune, Fier region, results that at least 50 people that benefitted the payments as disabled people had a lot of discrepancies in their documentation. The Fier prosecution office has started the inspections for this issue, whereas the commune has interrupted every payment for the last seven months.
By Arben Velo
A financial damage of about 3 million Leke has been caused to the Albanian state budget from the illegal actions in the delivery of the payments for the people with disabilities in Cakran commune of Fier region. The damage has been identified from the representatives of the State Social Service during an inspection carried out by the end of last year. Investigim.al possesses the inspection act carried out in Cakran commune of Fier district, according to which a lot of people having noticeable lack in their documentation, have been included in the scheme of the people with disabilities.
The inspection act has brought up many problems mainly in the documentation of the files of the people included in this scheme, which are not in conformity with the decision of the Council of Ministers that defines the criteria and the documentation of the people that have to benefit the payment due to their disability. To this issue, the Fier prosecution’s office has started an investigation, whereas many of the people that have benefitted this payment will be commissioned again and be defined if they suffer or not any disability.
The files of the people with disabilities in Cakran commune
“In the majority of the files there is lack of documents, either medical documents or certifications of documents verifying the working years, or legal documents that certify the attendance of the academic years in the cases of students that benefit the payment of disability, or certifications for the completion of the compulsory military service”, it is mentioned in the inspection act of the State Social Service for Cakran commune.
Hence, referred to the inspection act, lack of documents are found in a considerable number of files, whereas the Social Service has decided that the people benefitting this payment have to turn back the money they have gotten so far, as the way how they have benefitted from this service is done against the law. The inspectors list a series of files that have been identified having lack of documents, which according to them must have not been approved and the beneficiaries did not have to be treated with this payment.
“The file numbered 14/4, belonging to Xheladin Lamcaj, lacks the document on regard to his working years and that of the military service. The file 369/8 of Rrapo Zeqaj lacks the working years and those of military service as well. The file 439 of Isma Xhemaj lacks some of the documents and she has unfairly benefitted 735 thousand and 600 leke. In her file there is a certification from the Regional Social Insurance Directorate that she has paid her contributions for the working years starting from 1993 up to 2006”, it is stated in the report of the inspectors of the State Social Service Office.
These and many other cases like these ones being identified on having violations are enough to show the malfunctioning of the payments’ system of the people with disabilities in the communes of Fier region. This problem has become known to the leaders of the communes, who accept the violations on the procedures, but they also say that these people deserve to be treated with this payment due to their health conditions. On the other hand, the beneficiaries not only disagree to return the money, that according to the State Social service has been benefitted in violation to the law, but they also complain to the delays of these payments in the last seven months.
Gjergji Avdulaj, the father of one of beneficiaries of this payment
The father of one of the people being penalized in the inspection carried out, Gjergji Avdulaj, has defended himself on regard to the Decision of the Social Service on returning of the payment of 574 thousand and 900 leke, by saying that his son has not received any payment in the last seven months. “He deserves to get the payment of disability, even though there are some seven months that he has not been paid. I have not bought him the medicines either, as he does not have any money”, says the father of one of the beneficiaries of this payment.
According to him, his son is ill and he does not have any economic possibility to afford the medical payments. “He has two children. He does not have any piece of land. He gets 97 thousand old leke per month. I have gone to Fier, I went to Tirana KEMP as well. I have gone two times and never gotten any solution. They say they will give the payment today, give it tomorrow and nothing. The file still remains blocked”, says the father of the ill son.
Being contacted by investigim.al, the administrator of the commune, Leonard Rucaj said that there were respected all the findings of the inspection act, by filling out all the documents that lacked in the files of the people that were benefitting the payment due to their disability.
Administrator of Cakran commune, Leonard Rucaj
“There are 49 files, which were blocked by the inspection act due to lack of labour certifications and those of the military service. Taking into consideration the inspection act having a 30 day deadline, these discrepancies in the documents have been filled out. The commune has also sent a report on filling out the requested documents. 34 files have been sent to Tirana to undergo the commissioning process again”, said the administrator Rucaj.
Being asked on the reasons of delivering the payments without the necessary documents from the side of the applicants, the administrator of the commune said that he was not aware of the instruction which was clarifying that the certifications on the working years and those of the military service had to be included in the beneficiaries’ files. “We had not seen by mistake the instruction that was sent by the General Directorate related to the working years and military service, hence we immediately have informed the citizens to fill out all these documents and we hope to be given any solution now”, concludes Rucaj.
But, getting the hint to the lack of the documents in at least 49 files, the Fier Prosecutor’s office has started the investigation on finding out if there is any abuse from the side of the leaders of the commune or not.
Mayor of Cakran commune, Vladimir Korçari
The mayor of Cakran commune in Fier district, Vladimir Korcari, admits that some of the inspected files have had lack on documents, but according to him this problem will be solved very soon.
To the inspection carried out by the Ministry there were found some files lacking some of documentation. Out of 540 files, 50 of them have been requested by the Prosecutor’s office. Later, the files have been turned back and they have kept their copies. The majority of the ill people have gone to Tirana to pass to the commission again, and from the re-commissioning only a few of them have not benefitted it back i.e. 3 up to 4 people whereas the rest have gained what they deserved to get”, says the mayor Korcari. According to him, the commune will wait for the further decisions of the Government and Ministry for the payment or nonpayment of this category.
Being contacted by phone, the inspector of the State Social Service in Fier, Flamur Bufi, confirmed the fact that during the seven last months the payment of the people with disabilities has been interrupted, and it will last up to a decision of the prosecutor’s office, which is still investigating the case. We are referring to the 49 families of Cakran village, which for more than seven months do not benefit the payment for the disabled people.
To this category belong the blind people, terta-plegic and people with mental and physical disabilities. This situation has been created after the blocking done to the files from the State Social Service. According to the official sources of the Fier Prosecution’s office, it is reported that an investigation process has already started on the issue, as the State Social Service has deposited a penal report related to the violations found out of an inspection carried out in Cakran commune, Fier district.
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