23 year old tribal woman from Odisha becomes first from region to become a pilot

She had a dream to kiss the sky and she has made possible her dream. A tribal woman of 23 years from Odisha’s Maoist hit Malkangiri district has become the first female pilot from the backward district.

AnupriyaLakra has made possible her dream to become a pilot seven years after she quit her engineering studies midway to join an aviation academy in 2012. She’s not going to be an air hostess, she is all set to become a pilot. The woman from the tribal-dominated district is all set now to join a private airline as a pilot.

The Chief Minister of Odisha, Mr. Naveen Patnaikwas quick to congratulate Lakra for the rare feat which was achieved through sheer determination and grit. He said that it was an example for others to emulate.

He said,” I am happy to learn about the success of AnupriyaLakra. The success achieved by her through dedicated efforts and perseverance is an example for many.”

Anupriya is the daughter of MariniyasLakra, a havildar in the Odisha Police and JamajYashminLakra who is a homemaker. Anupriya completed her matriculation from a Malkangiri convent and her higher secondary from a school in Semiliguda.

She had the passion to become a pilot and for that, she quit her engineering studies in Bhubaneswar midway to prepare for the pilot entrance test in Bhubaneswar.

Anupriya joined the pilot training institute in Bhubaneswar in 2012. Her father says, “We are very happy that her dream of becoming a pilot has now become a reality. She will be working as a copilot in a private airline.”

Mariniyas continues,” It is a big achievement for someone from a backward district like Malkangiri. Her success has come after seven years of hard work.”

Anupriya’s mother is jubilant with the good news. She says “ I am very happy. It is a matter of pride for the people of Malkangiri. Her success will inspire other girls.”

Image source: ZEE News

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