Give a Brief Life Sketch of Laxmi Lakra

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Laxmi Lakra is the first woman to drive a locomotive for Northern Railway in the year 2016. She belongs to a tribal family and hails from Jharkhand. Lakra has created history with her achievement which has broken many stereotypes. She studied hard in a government school to attain a diploma in electronics.

Life Sketch of Laxmi Lakra

Laxmi Lakra was born on 14 March 1979 in a tribal family in 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, they never showed favoritism and treated all their 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. She was fond of riding scooters and bikes which she had borrowed from her friends.

At the age of 27, with the support and encouragement of her parents, she 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, she drove the super-fast ABB locomotive from Ghaziabad to Ambala for the first time. When her training was over, she started running light engines in Ambala and Delhi. In the process of becoming the first woman to drive an engine in Northern Railway. Her 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.

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