Odisha: Anupriya Lakra Becomes First Tribal Woman Pilot

by Ritu Versha 4 years ago Views 1306

Anupriya Lakra
Hailing from Maoist-affected Malkangiri district of Odisha, Anupriya Madhumita Lakra has become the first Tribal woman to fly a commercial flight. 

After seven years of hard work and dedication, she will fulfill her lifelong ambition of becoming a pilot when she joins Indigo Airlines as a co-pilot later in September.

Anupriya had always dreamt of becoming a pilot for which she left her engineering studies in the middle and took admission to the Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI), Bhubaneswar in 2012.

Her parents are elated that their daughter was getting to fulfill her lifelong dreams despite financial difficulties. Her father, Mariniyas Lakra, who is a police constable, said: "Though it was difficult for me to fund her pilot training, I took loans and got help from relatives. I always ensured that my daughter gets an education in the field she wanted to." 

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik too congratulated her on this feat. In a tweet, he said, “I am happy with her achievement. She will be a role model for several girls.”

Tribal leader and president of Odisha Adivasi Kalyan Mahasangha, Niranjan Bisi said Lakra, an Oraon tribeswoman, was not only the first tribal woman from Malkangiri, but Odisha. “In a district that is yet to see a railway line, it is a matter of pride for tribals there that a local woman will now fly a plane,” said Bisi.


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