: His loath for government job and bitterness for private sector landed him in entrepreneurship. With his business and marketing acumen, Batote’s Waseem Akram swung around and emerged Chenab Valley’s major player in fabrication field, reports Bilal Handoo
Shortly after completing his MBA in 2008, Waseem Akram of Batote was a struggler. He turned down his parents’ suggestion to join “corruption-mired” government. To get going though, he worked in private sector and ultimately became a model entrepreneur. But before he could have begun his ‘romance’ with entrepreneurship, he had to clear decks on his way. A son of government official, Waseem hadn’t any financial pressure on him. However, he wanted to lead the life his way. But then he was caught in a paradox — where talent wasn’t meeting opportunity.
To break idleness though, he joined private sector in 2009 and worked as insurance executive with SBI Life Insurance in Udhampur. “During my stint as insurance executive, I was star performer—meeting targets by registering brisk and bulk sale, much to the wonder of my colleagues,” says Waseem, a burly man with deep voice. But then things didn’t remain the same once his marital leave wasn’t extended. While he was in the middle of marriage, his office declared him “absconding”.
“But I was never off the duty,” he says. “Even during my marital leave, I had given a business of Rs 5 lakh to company.” Later a fact-finding exercise revealed that his boss had personal issues with him, which eventually forced him to quit the job.
Idleness took over him again. He had no idea what to do next.