23 years old tribal woman becomes the first female pilot from Odisha’s backward district- ‘7 Years of hard work’


A tribal woman from Odisha’s Maoist-hit Malkangiri district becomes the first female pilot from the backward region. This 23 years old woman had dreamt of touching the skies and yes she had made it through her determination of becoming a pilot. Anupriya Lakra has set an example today for the young minds that passion can be chased back with hard work. 

With a passion to become a pilot, She had quit engineering mid-way and joined a pilot training institution in 2012. And, after 7 years of hard work, she is now all set to join a private airline as a co-pilot. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik lauded Anupriya for her achievement. “I am happy to learn about the success of Anupriya Lakra. The success achieved by her through dedicated efforts and perseverance is an example for many,” Mr. Patnaik tweeted, wishing Anupriya more achievements as an able pilot.

“It is a big achievement for somebody from a backward district like Malkangiri. Her success has come after seven years of hard work,”  said her father who is a Havildar in Odisha Police. Jubilant over Anupriya’s success, her mother who is a homemaker said “I am very happy. It is a matter of pride for the people of Malkangiri. Her success will inspire other girls.”  


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