Madurai salon owner's daughter appointed as UNADAP ‘Goodwill Ambassador to the Poor’

South India

Thirteen-year-old M Nethra daughter of C Mohan an owner of salon in Madurai has been appointed as a ''Goodwill Ambassador to the Poor'' for United Nations Association for Development And Peace (UNADAP).


UNADAP said Nethra will be given the opportunity to speak at the United Nations (UN) conferences in New York and in Geneva addressing Civil Society forums and conferences.

"This position would give her an opportunity and responsibility to speak to world leaders, academics, politicians and civilians, encouraging them to reach out to the poorest of the poor," UNADAP said.

Nethra convinced her father to give Rs 5 lakh that he saved for her education to needy during the coronavirus lockdown.  She is now in eighth standard.

As per the report, Mohan dipped into his savings of Rs 5 lakh and donated essentials to about 600 families. 

He did this despite the fact that his salon was closed for two months as part of Covid-19 lockdown and he had no income during that period. Mohan owns a salon in the temple town Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

According to Mohan, It was Nethra who was very much moved by the people''s distress during the lockdown and urged him to help them. 

According to him, the money could be saved later but help for the people in distress had to be rendered immediately.

Minister Sellur Raju lauded the girl for her gesture and said that he will urge Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to bestow the Jayalalithaa Award to her.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' also praised C Mohan, father of Nethra for spending his entire savings to help people in distress during the Coronavirus lockdown.

"Mohan ji runs a salon in Madurai. Through sheer hard work, he had saved five lakh rupees for his daughter's education. But he spent the entire amount in the service of the needy and the underprivileged in these difficult times," PM Modi had said.

At a time when corporates are demanding the lenders to write off part of their loan/interest dues, Mohan''s gesture is nothing but appreciable.


With inputs from Agency

Image credit: Telegraph India


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