A new scandal sets its sights on Parliament and it is that once again the “fathers of the country” find themselves in the eye of the storm when the million-dollar purchases that were made in 2022 are revealed. From televisions, red carpets, exclusive parking lots , were some of these acquisitions that have attracted the attention of more than one.
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The Sunday newspaper Panorama revealed in its last edition that the Congress of the Republic agreed to the purchase of 1,600 meters of carpet for various areas of Parliament, the amount of which is 315,000 soles.
In addition, the journalistic note evidenced the documents approved by Parliament on the purchase of other products at a cost well above their real price. For example, when the same rugs with the same specifications and the same meter are listed on the market, they would be valued at S/ 149,400, which means that there is an overvaluation of 165,600 soles for the acquisition of this product.
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Fortunata Palomino, president of the network, questioned that the menu for parliamentarians costs 80 soles. In addition, she invited the legislator to eat one day in a common pot.
However, not everything ends here, because when looking for the winning company of this purchase, the researchers were surprised that the address shown in the proforma, block 41 of Próceres de la Independencia avenue, in San Juan de Lurigancho, is nothing more than a chicken shop.
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Something that the Panorama report also highlighted is that in 2022 the go-ahead was given to buy televisions throughout Parliament for an amount of S/ 138,350. To be exact, on October 17 of last year, he requested this Congress, two giant LED screens were installed in the Raúl Porras Barrenechea room. For this acquisition, S/ 478,352 was disbursed.
Within all these acquisitions that have caught the attention of many Peruvians, it can also be known that this Congress agreed to hire a piece of land to be used as exclusive parking for legislators. According to the Panorama report, it is located just one block from Parliament and has security and a capacity of 200 vehicles for which you pay S/ 1,620,000.
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The contract was signed in March of last year so that the cars of the congressmen are no longer parked in the surroundings of the Legislative.
Congress increased its budget in recent years, according to the Transparency Civil Association.
Given this journalistic report that highlights the overvalued purchases in the Congress of the Republic, a statement was issued detailing and explaining the reasons and procedures for said acquisitions.
Regarding the purchase of the rugs, they indicated in the document that it was canceled after the supplier did not comply with the delivery.
Regarding LED screens, they maintained through this statement that the budget for their acquisition includes technical support and civil anchoring works for their installation. Given this, they specified that it was necessary to renew these technological devices to be used in the various commissions, conferences and other scheduled events.
As for parking, from Parliament they stated that the decision to rent the land was approved after the work was normalized due to the lifting of most of the restrictions due to COVID-19, as well as the Pedestrianization Plan of the Historic Center of the municipality with which all the streets surrounding the Congress were closed.
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