Bhubaneswar, September 09:
Dream huge and never give up, for dreams are the first to step up towards success! Follwing her ambitions to touch the sky, a tribal woman from Odisha's Maoist-hit Malkangiri district has turned up to become the first female pilot from the backward region.
23 year old Anupriya Lakra's dream of becoming a pilot has become a reality seven years after she quit engineering studies midway and joined an aviation academy in 2012. The woman from the tribal-dominated district is all set to join a private airline as a co-pilot.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik congratulated Lakra for the rare feat achieved through dedication and grit and said it will set an example for others to emulate.
"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," Patnaik tweeted, wishing Anupriya more achievements as an able pilot.
In 2012, Anupriya joined the Pilot Training Institute in Bhubaneswar. She has been selected as a co-pilot in a private airline and is likely to fly abroad shortly.