In what we call a twist of fate, the life of 7-year-old Lakshmi living in the streets of Haldwani in Nainital is slated to change forever. She picked up a banana skin in full public view at a programme to throw it in the dustbin. Her endeavour has grabbed eyeballs. She will now be enrolled in a private school.

The girl, whose father begs to fend for the family, was present at a cleanliness-related programme on the occasion of National Integration Day on November 7. It was held at the Ramlila Ground in Haldwani.

Government officials present at the venue noticed her act. Besides enrolling her in school, she was also announced as the co-brand ambassador of Haldwani Municipal Corporation along with actress Urvashi Rautela

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Spiritual Guru Ram Govind Dass Bhaiji, who heads the Hari Sharnam Jan Religious organization in Haldwani, has offered to pay for Lakshmi’s education in St Paul’s School at Kathgodam area in the city.

There is, however, uncertainity about the class in which she should be enrolled as she doesn’t have any prior education.

The family hails from Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh. They shifted to Haldwani a year ago. Her father mentioned that he wanted to enrol his daughter in a school but failed to do so as he had no money at all. His hut had caught fire a few years ago which compelled the family to shift to other cities.

The announcement of the girl being made the brand ambassador has propelled people to come forward to help Lakshmi. The family was taken to a shelter home. Help has also been pouring in from individuals who are giving clothes, money and foodstuff to the family.

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The officials are currently waiting for the girl’s birth certificate to be furnished. After this, she will be able to enrol in the school.

Lakshmi, on the other hand, is seeing her enrolment as a golden opportunity for her to ameliorate her family’s life.

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