The National Bank of Ukraine urged customers to minimize visits to bank branches, as well as switch to cashless payments, as banknotes could potentially be carriers of coronavirus. General Director of Ukrposhti Igor Smelyansky replied that if you switch to accrual of pensions only on cards, then in the conditions of the termination of communication between settlements due to quarantine, many will not be able to receive money.
General Director of Ukrposhti Igor Smelyansky opposed the idea of the National Bank to transfer all payments in Ukraine to non-cash form.
“Colleagues from the NBU, I’ll give your phone to those pensioners who are stuck in their houses in the village and cannot get to the district center to withdraw money for their lives. And then you explain to the others how to get over it – getting money on the card there, good ? ” – wrote Smelyansky on Facebook March 23.
Prior to quarantine, when there were no problems with communication between settlements, traveling back and forth to withdraw money from the card cost some retirees 100 UAH, specified Smelyansky.
“It was necessary to think before when I asked you to give us the right to open accounts for three years,” the director general of the enterprise said.
According to him, banks are only in 6% of the country’s settlements.
Referring to the NBU data, Smelyansky said that the share of non-cash transactions in Ukraine is 56%.
Ukrposhta insists on the right of pensioners to quickly proceed to receive a pension through the mail, Smelyansky specified to Interfax-Ukraine agency.
“We have a solution – and it will be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers in the near future: to quickly transfer pensioners in villages to receive pensions at Ukrposhtі. Accept their statements and not terrorize people, ” – he said.
Smelyansky noted that the company plans – make the “From Card Home” service free (now the cost of such delivery is 1% of the transfer amount + 19 UAH, it is paid by the sender).
The National Bank of Ukraine on March 22 urged customers to minimize visits to bank branches, as well as switch to cashless payments, as banknotes could potentially be carriers of the virus. In this regard, the regulator called on the government and local authorities to ensure that salaries and pensions are credited to cards.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to the American Johns Hopkins University on March 23, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 350 thousand, 15 374 people died.
In Ukraine, coronavirus was confirmed in 73 people, three of them died.
Due to coronavirus, quarantine is announced in Ukraine until April 3. Mass events were banned in the country, educational institutions, shopping centers, shops (except grocery and pharmacies), restaurants, cafes and bars, gyms, beauty salons and night clubs were closed, air traffic with other countries was suspended and domestic passenger traffic was stopped. Employers were encouraged to transfer employees to remote work.
The Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine, Yakov Smoly, said that during the quarantine period the regulator does not impose restrictions on the operation of the banking system.