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Anupriya Lakra: Tribal Female Pilot From Odisha Scaling Heights

08 September 2019

Panchanan Dash

Malkangiri: While many dream of flying in the sky, only few have the will to give wings to their dreams. Tribal girl Anupriya Lakra made this possible when she achieved her dream of becoming a pilot and also became the first woman from her district to make this rare achievement.

Daughter of Odisha Police Constable Mariniyas Larka and homemaker mother Jimaj Yashmin Larka, Anupriya had a childhood which was as normal as possible. She finished her matriculation from Malkangiri’s Deepti Convent School and her 12th from Similiguda’s Jivanjyoti Vidyalay.

She came to Bhubaneswar to do her Engineering, but left it mid-way to follow her passion of becoming a pilot. Anupriya prepared at the Capital for Pilot entrance exams. After appearing for exams at various institutes, she was finally selected in 2012 at an institute at Bhubaneswar itself.

Anupriya saw her dream becoming reality when she finished her course last month and was posted as a Co-Pilot at a private airlines company. Coming from a backward region which is infested by Maoists, Anupriya dedicates her success to her parents’ unending support and her sheer will power.

Father Mariniyas said, “My daughter is just not my pride but the pride of the entire district. Even though I am a simple constable, I made sure my daughter got educated in the field she wanted to. For this achievement, credit goes to my wife who supported Anupriya a lot.”

Mother Jimaj accepted that she has not even seen a plane but was happy at her daughter’s achievement. She said, “Anupriya is a source of inspiration for all girls. I urge all parents to support their daughters.”

For her further pilot training, Anupriya has to go to Spain. The estimated cost would be about 15-16 lakhs. While the parents' happiness knows no bound with their daughter's success, they are also worried that their financial conditions might cause hindrance to their daughter's future.