Anupriya Lakra, a tribal girl from Odisha’s Maoist-affected Malkangiri district, has proved that the sky is not the limit as she became the first female pilot from this backward region, who will fly high soon. She has been selected to join a private airline as a co-pilot.

Twenty- six-year-old Anupriya left her engineering mid-way to follow her passion of becoming a pilot. Her father is, Odisha police constable Mariniyas Lakra and mothers a homemaker, Jimaj Yashmin Lakra.

She got enrolled at Government Aviation Training Institute (GATI) in 2012 to become a pilot and is likely to fly abroad shortly.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has congratulated Lakra for the achievement and wished her professional success and achievements as an able pilot in the coming days.

In a tweet he said, “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.”

Her proud parents, who are ecstatic about her achievement, said that it was not an easy journey for her.

“My daughter is just not my pride but the pride of the entire district. It is a big achievement for somebody from a backward district like Malkangiri. For this achievement, credit goes to my wife who supported Anupriya a lot. She took up as a challenge to train her as a pilot,” said Mariniyas Larka.

Her mother Jimaj said,”It was very difficult for us to provide whatever she needed during her training period since 2012. But, we feel extremely happy and proud that our daughter is a pilot now. She has brought laurels to Malkangiri district. I urge all parents to support their daughters.”

Jimaj feels that Anupriya is a source of inspiration for all girls.