Making her parents and country proud, the 13-year-old daughter of a salon owner in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai has been appointed as a “Goodwill Ambassador to the Poor” for United Nations Association for Development And Peace (UNADAP). Hats off to her!
Ms. Nethra expressed her delight after being appointed as the Ambassador. She said that “It was a pleasant surprise and I was overwhelmed. After consulting my parents, I finally accepted their proposal”.
Ms. Nethra is the daughter of C. Mohan, a hairdresser, who emerged as a real hero for poor and migrant workers amid nationwide lockdown. Recently, Mohan was highly praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for donating ₹5 lakh that he had saved up for his daughter’s education. She not only made the city proud but also made India proud as well.
Mr. Mohan said that it was his daughter who expressed her strong desire to help the poor during the shutdown and she convinced her father to give away their savings to feed the poor.
It is worth mentioning that this is not a little contribution to society in the time of crisis. This unexpected contribution has saved thousands of lives suffering from hunger. Tamil Nadu Minister Sellur Raju showered praise on Nethra for her gesture and said that he will urge Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to bestow the Jayalalithaa Award to her.
Speaking to TNIE Nethra said, “Initially, we did not understand the significance of the opportunity. Our only intension was to help the poor. Now, the recognition has given me added energy to serve the people.”
Nethra stated, “With this role, I will have the chance to speak to the underprivileged sections and bring their plight to the attention of the world leaders. Next time I see a person who needs help, I can be confident that the issue will be sorted out.”
lauding the girl, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ said Mohan, who owns a salon in Madurai, had spent his entire savings to help people in distress during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“Shri Mohan ji runs a salon in Madurai. Through sheer hard work, he had saved Rs 5 lakh for his daughter’s education. But he spent the entire amount in the service of the needy and the underprivileged in these difficult times,” Modi had said on Sunday.