The Popular Party has demanded Aitana Mas (Compromís), current First Vice President and Minister of Equality and Inclusive Policies of the Valencian Government, which is chaired by the socialist Ximo Puigan extensive battery of documentation on the situation of the smaller centers in the Valencian Community, which covers since its predecessor, the now tri-accused Mónica Oltra, took charge of the aforementioned Ministry. The popular ones maintain that the inspection deadlines of these centers are not met, nor those recommended by the Valencian Ombudsman. They also consider that some of these centers are “a powder keg”as stated by the deputy spokesperson for the PP in the Valencian Courts, Elena Bastidas.
The PP is very attentive to the situation in the centers for minors supervised by the Generalitat Valenciana. An issue where, as Elena Bastidas explained, «everything is opacity and obscurantism». The deputy has warned that “there are centers that are a real powder keg due to the abandonment of the Administration, which leaves the workers at the foot of the horses.”
He argues that the centersnot inspected for more than 2 years, when the obligation is every semester and the Síndic – Valencian Ombudsman – has recommended, in different resolutions, to supervise the centers every 3. The Ministry accepted the recommendations, but does not comply with them. Equality makes a mockery of its own commitments.”
But he also believes that the problem does not come from now. For this reason, he has requested before the Valencian Courts the list of reduced places since 2015 up to the date of the response, indicating the places planned for each of the centres, the dates on which they have been reduced and the number of places eliminated on each of these dates, as well as the total for each centre.
That request since 2015 fully enters, again, in the management of Mónica Oltrathe former Vice President and former Minister of Equality and Inclusive Policies today charged with the alleged crimes of prevarication, abandonment of minors and omission of the duty to prosecute crime in the case that investigates whether charges and/or people from her Ministry supposedly hid the complaints of the minor abused by her husband, then, from Oltra herself.
But it also enters into the management that Aitana Mas has carried out since last July. Above all, in regards to whether the Síndic’s recommendations have been complied with and if the inspection policy for juvenile centers is being rigorous.
Minors Reception Center
On the other hand, the PP has also presented before the Valencian Courts an extensive request for documentation regarding the Alacant Minors Reception Center, in Alicante, and has demanded that Puig resolve the «subhuman situation» that the center lives «with children sleeping on the floor as the number of places is far exceeded».
Specifically, and in relation to the aforementioned center, Elena Bastidas has requested to know the number of places that it officially has, the periods in which the number of places has been exceeded planned for the center, the number of minors that there were in those periods in which the maximum places were exceeded, the reasons why the capacity was exceeded and the increase in material and economic resources that the aforementioned center has received in those periods.