Sk Abdus Samad of Bankura district has become a role model for those who are not afraid of hardships and dare to dream big
Sk Abdus Samad could not study beyond middle school because he could
not afford it. Son of a poor school teacher at Rasulpur in Bankura
district of West Bengal, Samad started managing a small grocery shop set
up by his father to feed his family members.
While in business, he was advised to join Entrepreneurship
Development Course for six weeks in 2002, organised by NABARD at Somsar,
After the training, Samad realised that growth in Rasulpur and
its surroundings offered a good demand for different varieties of paddy,
potato and oil seeds. After market survey, he decided to start a unit
to make jute bags. He later submitted a business plan of setting up a
seed manufacturing farm and the bank sanctioned him a loan of Rs 10
Now, 35-year-old Samad owns two seed farms - Kaveri Seeds and
Kalyani Seed Farm - having an annual turnover of nearly Rs10 crore. More
than 200 families are directly or indirectly benefited from his
Addressing a national seminar on Skill Development organised by
American India Foundation and National Skill Development Corporation
in August, former President Dr AP J Abdul Kalam had referred to rags to
riches story of Samad.
“This case highlights two unique aspects which be critical
for development of all sections of society— first, we need to create job
generators like Samad who could generate multiple employment
opportunities for the deprived and second, entrepreneurship incubation
institutions need to be developed all over India and developing
world,” Dr Kalam had said at the seminar.
“I was never interested in taking up a job. I wanted to set
something of my own,” says Samad who employs about 260 workers. He has
plans to promote his business in neighbouring states like Bihar,
Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa and also in the neighboring country
He has also plans to set up B Ed college and Primary Teachers
Training Institute to help rural people of Bankura. Moreover, locals
also see him as someone who holds blood donation camps, marriages for
poor girls in the locality besides several other social works.