New Delhi, July 27: Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday cornered the Centre over the hunger deaths of three minor Delhi girls, saying that the Narendra Modi government is “cruelly neglecting” the MGNREGA and the Food Security Act which were brought by the previous UPA government.

“MGNREGA was intended to put an end to hunger. FOOD SECURITY ACT was intended to put an end to starvation. Both have been cruelly neglected by the BJP government (sic),” tweeted the former finance minister.

“As long as there are children who tragically starve to death (Mansi, Shikha and Parul), we have to hang our heads in shame and grief (sic),” he added.

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is a social security employment generation legislation which guarantees employment to the poor ensuring livelihood security and the National Food Security Act aims to provide subsidised food grains to the poor.

Three minor girls died allegedly due to starvation in east Delhi on Tuesday leading to a huge uproar.

Earlier today, police said the father of the three girls would usually go away for three-four days in search of jobs and then return.

A senior police officer said the police have formed teams to trace Mangal, the father of the three minor girls.

On July 24, the three girls, aged two, four and eight, were taken to the Lal Bahadur Shashtri hospital by their mother and a family friend where they were declared brought dead.

A senior police officer said the police have formed teams to trace Mangal, the father of the three minor girls.

On July 24, the three girls, aged two, four and eight, were taken to the Lal Bahadur Shashtri hospital by their mother and a family friend where they were declared brought dead.

The Centre also ordered an inquiry into the deaths of the three sisters, including a toddler, while Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the deaths were due to “poverty and illness” and was the “biggest failure of the system”.

The National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the Delhi government and the WCD Ministry over the deaths asking them to send reports within four weeks. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) also sought a report from the police and the district administration.

Terming the deaths as “unfortunate”, human right activists raised the issue of lack of food and social security for the poor and marginalised, saying the government should stop being in denial of existence of poverty in the country.

(With PTI inputs)