Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit on Wednesday expressed concern at the increase in the sex ratio skew and maintained that the decrease in the number of births of girls was affecting the natural balance of society adversely.

Speaking at a function organised by Nanhi Chhanv Foundation and Arsha Dharma Parishad at Mayur Vihar, the Chief Minister called for intensifying the “Save Girl Child” campaign. “There is a need to bring zero tolerance for female foeticide which will go a long way in ensuring a better future of the country and humanity,” she said.

Ms. Dikshit, who presented awards to the children who took part in a poster competition on girl child, also stressed the need for increasing the understanding that there was no difference between girls and boys in the modern society. “Girls have time and again proved their mettle and competence in all fields,” she said.

T.K. Nair, Advisor to the Prime Minister, said there was a need to work in tandem to achieve success in the three important areas of ‘save girl child’ campaign, environment protection and communal harmony.