Life Sketch of Laxmi Lakra
Laxmi Lakra was born on 14 March 1979 in a tribal family of Jharkhand. She is the first woman engine driver in the Northern Railway of India. Her father was a laborer and she is one of 4 children. She says that despite her parents being illiterate, she never showed favoritism and treated all her sons and daughters equally.
Thus, giving Lakshmi Lakra an opportunity to start schooling at the age of 5, in 1996, Lakra started college to obtain a diploma in electronics. He was fond of riding scooters and bikes which he had borrowed from his friends.
At the age of 27, with the support and encouragement of his parents, he cleared the Railway Recruitment Board exam. This was her first attempt and she was the only woman among the other 372 trainees. Lakra underwent 6 weeks of Learning Road training and then another 33 weeks of training which required a lot of hard work.
During the training period, he drove the super fast ABB locomotive from Ghaziabad to Ambala for the first time. When his training was over, he started running light engines in Ambala and Delhi. In the process of becoming the first woman to drive an engine in Northern Railway. Their hope is now to run Shatabdi Express. Her hard work and determination are commendable and an inspiration to all women who want to pursue their dreams.