: After working as truck conductor and labourer early in his life, Niyaz Ali eventually became Kargil’s first entrepreneur to avail much-talked about EDI scheme. But as Bilal Handoo finds out, Ali is also Kargil’s first man to setup the stainless steel railing venture
After finishing 12th Standard, Niyaz Ali, now 32, of Kargil followed the routine route to college like masses. But while others moved ahead, he failed to make it to second year. The failure left him badly discouraged. His improvised home condition then derailed his ties with studies. Being the eldest son of his family, Ali then started working as a truck conductor.
Two years after working as a conductor, he grew disillusioned and quit. For a son of a labourer, however, being jobless wasn’t an option. Realising it well, Ali continued with his job search amid the family pressure. Among the five siblings, he was the only one expected to become an earning hand. But his search often ended on a disappointing note.
To break free from his idleness though, Ali became a labourer. For a long time, Ali kept sweating by doing physical work, which started taking toll on his health after a certain point of time. While he continued labouring, he never gave up an idea to start something of his own. Lack of good money, however, would discourage him. But he didn’t stop dreaming big in life.