Malakangiri:  27-year-old Anupriya Lakra hailing from naxal-hit Malakangiri district of Odisha has become the first woman pilot from the region. After years of hard work, Lakra will be joining a private airline as a co-pilot. 

When Lakra was 23, she decided to quit engineering and join the aviation academy to achieve her dream of becoming a pilot. From all around the world, people on social media have been showering praises on Lakra for becoming the first female commercial pilot from a tribal area.

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Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik in a tweet congratulated the first woman pilot from the backward region. He tweeted, "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."

Lakra completed her matriculation from a convent in Malkangiri and higher secondary from a school in Semiliguda. Her parents said to media that she has come so far as she struggled very hard to reach this level.

Yashmin Lakra, Anupriya Lakra's mother who is a homemaker, told ANI: "People used to say she will not be able to do it as we belong to a backward village. But she has proved them wrong. We feel very proud of her."