34-year-old Arshid Ahmad Wani from Jammu and Kashmir is an inspiration for one and all. A physically challenged man from Pulwama district, Wani has beaten all odds to start his own business.
While he himself once struggled to make ends meet, he is now providing employment to several people at his joinery unit.
Wani, a resident of Malpora, Litter village of the Pulwama, was a carpenter by profession. In a tragic accident in 2016, Wani lost his balance and fell on the boulders while working on the rooftop of a cowshed. He suffered grievous injuries to his legs.
Despite medical treatment, both his legs got paralysed. Bound to a wheelchair for over two years, Wani was depressed. This is when he decided to open a woodwork unit.
Due to financial constraints, Wani got a loan for his business, which is running well at the moment.
“For some time, locals and a few relatives helped me for some time. Later, I realised that I should apply for a loan, and thanks to the then Deputy Commissioner Pulwama who appreciated my idea and helped me in getting the loan through District Industries Centre (DIC),” The New Indian Express quoted Wani as saying.
“So far I have almost bought all the machines that I need for wood working. At present, six persons are working at his unit and he is receiving many orders to make doors and windows. I request handicapped people not to beg but move on and try to explore ways and means of starting their own ventures,” he added.
According to Mushtaq Ahmad, District Social Welfare Officer, Pulwama, the district administration is paying him a monthly pension.
“He came here and we provided him a wheelchair. We are also giving him a monthly pension of Rs 1,000 per month. We also assisted him to get a loan from DIC. He has established a unit. This is a message for physically handicapped people. If they need help, we will provide them,” he said.
Lauding Wani’s will power, an employee at his unit, Yawar Magray, extended gratitude to DIC for sanctioning a loan for him.
“They set up a unit with the help of DIC. We make doors and windows. Many others are also working here. We are getting employment because of him. I am thankful to DIC for helping him,” he said.