CHAIRMAN OF SOCIAL SECURITY FUND CONSIDERS INTRODUCTION OF SOCIAL
CARDS SYSTEM IN ARMENIA AS UNNECESSARY

YEREVAN, APRIL 1, NOYAN TAPAN. The social insurance cards should serve
the citizen, not vice versa. Vazgen Khachikian, the Chairman of the
Social Insurance State Fund, said about it during the March 28 press
conference. He also said that he doesn't know, for what purpose the
social insurance card in Armenia serves. As the RA citizen, he
considers that there is neither necessity nor need of this card. It
was noticed that such a system has been introduced in Ukraine by the
means of the same PADCO international organization. According to
V. Khachikian, the notion of the social insurance (not security) card,
which mainly plays the role of an electronic pocket-book, is customary
in the world. V. Khachikoian considers that the serious discussions
should be held on this issue. "It isn't shameful to recognize own
mistake and follow the right path." The wrong application of the
system may be compared with carbon monoxide, which has neither color
nor smell but can become a reason of death with time. It was also
noticed that as of March 23, 10,990 pensioners received social
insurance cards in Yerevan. 2,778 out of them received the cards by
the reason of the old Soviet passports, 3, 813 didn't apply for
receiving the cards, and 1,494 pensioners refused to receive them at
all.