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Breaking Barriers, Odisha's Mamata Scales Heights As Loco Pilot


02 October 2019

Pramod Kumar Das


Balasore: Women empowerment is the talk of the town today. Social workers, NGOs, global organisations are initiating laudable steps to bring forward capable and talented young women and highlight their achievements. While most of these initiatives are centred in the urban areas, the rural talents usually remain hidden.

One such example of a vibrant and talented young girl has come to the fore from Odisha's Balasore. Mamata Sahu of Narayanpur village under Betagadia panchayat in Baliapal block of the district is a proud Loco Pilot today. Born to a family of poor peasants, Mamata was a bright student from her childhood.

She nursed dreams to achieve something big, but the financial background of her family was always an impediment. However, this strong-headed youngster shined with exemplary marks in matriculation and then completed her Intermediate in Science with good scores.

Mamata completed her Diploma in Electrical Engineering and joined a private firm at Chennai. But she knew that a private job was never her ambition. She wanted to make it big and quit the job. This talented young girl appeared for the railway loco pilot tests and came out with flying colours.

Today, she proudly manoeuvres trains, seated on the pilot's chair at the forefront. Born to a family of four, Mamata is the eldest among her siblings. She had to face a lot of criticism when Mamata quit her private company job. But for people who are determined to scale heights, criticisms hardly deter them.

A befitting example is Mamata, whose family survived all the year-round with the produce from half acre land. The same girl today pilots heavy train engines and ensures that thousands of passengers reach their destination safely. Coming from a small hamlet in Odisha, Mamata is definitely an example, not only for women but also for the entire young generation.