M Nethra has been appointed as a ‘Goodwill Ambassador to Poor’ for United Nations Association for Development and Peace (UNADAP). Daughter of a salon owner in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai, bagged the prestigious honour in light of convincing her father to give Rs 5 lakh, which he saved for her education, to help the poor tide over immense hardships amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Along with being recognized as an ambassador, she and her father C Mohan, were lauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his latest ‘Mann Ki Baat’ program broadcast.
“Shri 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,” said PM Modi.
Nethra will also get an opportunity to talk at the United Nations (UN) conferences in New York and Geneva. She will also get an award the agency's 'DIXON Scholarship' worth Rs 1 lakh. Nethra, who aspires to become an IAS officer, will be able to use this opportunity to meet and engage with world leaders, politicians, academics and professors.
“Initially, we did not understand the significance of the opportunity. Our only intention was to help the poor. Now, the recognition has given me added energy to serve people,” said Nethra while speaking with the New Indian Express. She also mentioned how overwhelmed she was to address the whole world on ‘Alleviation of poverty’ at the UN Forum.