By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 13 February 2013:
The first reading of a draft law to provide pensions and healthcare for revolutionaries wounded during . . .[restrict]the 2011 war to overthrow the Qaddafi regime has been approved by the General National Congress. It now goes to committee stage for detailed investigation and drafting.
The reading was approved by 84 members out of the 115 attending the session this morning, Wednesday.
The law aims to provide war pensions and healthcare for the wounded, in particular for those who lost limbs in the conflict. It also aims to set up training centres for those providing for the medical needs of the wounded thuwar.
According to Sabratha Congress representative Salah Mitu, the main argument in this morning’s debate was over who could claim and the amount to be paid to them. There was also disagreement over dating the war from 15 February to 23 November 2011.
It is proposed that war pensions should be as much as LD 3,500 a month depending on the scale of injuries. The plan is that each case would be evaluated by a special committee set up under the new law.
The draft follows intensive efforts, including three workshops, by civil society organisations to provide adequate compensation for the war-wounded. [/restrict]