The Cabinet of Ministers has provided 35 million 480 thousand UAH for the issues related to the needs of the Crimean Tatars in the budget for 2017. The Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, MP Refat Chubarov told QHA that the corresponding funding is included in the budget item on the resettlement and rehabilitation of the Crimean Tatars, who were forced to move from the Crimea to the mainland of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada adopted the Law on the State Budget for 2017 at night on December 21).
Refat Chubarov said that the government found the possibility of including these funds in the budget yesterday, during the discussion of the draft budget. According to him, these 35.5 million UAH will be spent on the support of ATR television, children's TV channel Lale, and Radio Meydan.
“These media, broadcasting in three languages, create a very important communication network between the mainland Ukraine and the occupied Crimea. Since they alone can provide an information product in the Crimean Tatar language.
Commenting on the amount of the allocated funds, Refat Chubarov said:
“This is not a small sum, and first it did not exist, and the government found the opportunity to allocate it only in the course of yesterday's discussion.”
Refat Chubarov said that the government considers it necessary to preserve the communication network, which connects the mainland Ukraine with the temporarily occupied Crimea, providing people who live in the occupation with the opportunity to receive daily information about events on the mainland of Ukraine or the issues of Crimea and those related to developments in other countries.
“The government believes it is important to keep the communication network, operating for all those who live in the Crimea. And most importantly, the government provides the opportunity at the expense of budget, to receive information in three languages (Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian, Russian), in which ATR, Lale and Meydan broadcast. Due to this support, the Crimean Tatars, and will be able to receive radio and television information in the future, including cultural and educational programs that will help them to maintain their identity and to develop in various fields.”
Chubarov also said that other budget items provide funding to support the internally displaced persons from Crimea and Donbas.
“If we talk about the needs of people who were forced to leave their home, these are not only the Crimean Tatars, and not only the Crimean residents. Support is provided for these people under other budget items, related to internally displaced persons. But it is clear that these funds are still woefully insufficient.”
People's Deputy recalled that while the vast majority of internally displaced persons living on the mainland, there are still two of the most painful problems like jobs and housing.
Previously, in early December, the President of Ukraine signed a law allowing the fund the Ukrainian Crimean Tatar TV and Radio companies from the state budget.