AKHETO YEPTHOMI:PROPRITER OF CITY FORD, YAMAHA and BAJAJ AUTORICKSHAW WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS WAY Akheto Yepthomi, A man with a will for Success. from a humble beginning when he first got into business with just one auto is now the proud owner City ford, Yamaha and Bajaj auto rickshaw.
A man toughened by the Harsh reality of life is also the most simple and down to earth person with his unique relationship with the almighty GOD. Watch his testimony as he unveils his struggle against all odds and his motivational message to the young generations.
The following is also his story that appeared in the local paper Nagaland Post.
A sprinkling of destiny with a lot of hard work
By Nzano Humtsoe
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” (Henry David Thoreau)
The extract from Henry David Thoreau struck my mind when I visited City Ford City at 3rd Mile, the latest show room of cars owned by Akheto Yepthomi. He already owns two other showrooms, Bajaj Auto and Yamaha, sale and service points of three wheelers and two wheelers respectively.
The only thing Akheto had initially started with was an iron will. With the power of determination and a little sprinkling of destiny, he managed to achieve what he had only dreamt of as a child.
Born into a mediocre family, Akheto studied till class VI in Christian English School (presently known as Christian Higher Secondary School) in Dimapur. However, he had to leave his study in 1976 due to poor financial condition of the family, struggling with poverty and illiteracy. As he was the eldest son, he had to bear the responsibility of the family at that time.
At the age of 18, Akheto joined Nagaland Armed Police Training Centre (NAPTC) at Chumukedima in 1979. At that time qualification up to class VI was considered acceptable for police service as constable. So, Akheto was considered as “literate constable” among the police personnel in the Armed Battalion. He helped his quarter master, N. Gago Zeme, and also took tuitions of some important subjects.
However, after five months he had to undergo recruit training, a heavy training for the police personnel. Thus his tuitions stopped. After passing out parade, Akheto came back to his unit and continued to help quarter master. With his serious dedication towards learning things with sincerity, he very soon learnt and acquired his 1st clerical work as battalion writer and mess helper simultaneously.
Then in 1983, he requested higher authority for a transfer to DEF Dimapur with the honest intent to learn more of clerical work. On his transfer getting approved, he requested the then superintendent of police, Akang Jamir to allow him as uniform office clerk. As a new recruit in the office, he was asked to get “paan/tamul” for couple of days.
On the 3rd day he went to his branch head (RO) and remarked candidly, “I came here to work as clerk but not as peon”.
In response he was handed over with the “increment file” – a tough subject for a newly entrant, but he happily took the responsibility. He already had previous experience of file handling as battalion writer at NAPTC, and also where to look for references when required all by himself. Once he felt that he had almost learnt the office work there, he re-visited his SP with a request that now he would like to learn about the process at police station.
Taking consideration of his dedication, SP allowed him with the transfer to West Police Station, Dimapur. And here is the place where he started to work as writer. During this period he equipped himself well with tuitions on “law”, the usage of which came in applicable among his colleague at the PS while writing their case diaries.
With this confidence in 1988, he appeared the departmental examination, which he cleared securing better marks among the more qualified other 35 trainees in the law subject and got promoted to Asst. Sub-Inspector (ASI) in 1989 and later to the rank of Sub-Inspector till he took voluntary retirement from service. During his service period he was rewarded more than 100 times and twice he had received governor commendation certificates too.
As Akheto says, “I have never performed any of my duties negligently”. Always he has given his best to be loyal and a dutiful subject to government.
Meanwhile, he got married at the age of 22. The couple had to struggle for survival on a meagre salary of Rs 600 as policemen. This compelled him to run a firewood supply work for additional income. The firewood he collected from jungles was supplied to hotels which comfortably augmented the couple’s income.
Then the idea of buying an auto rickshaw struck his mind and he bought one front engine auto at the cost of Rs 12 thousand with the money he earned from firewood supply.
He bought the second hand auto in the hope that he would earn enough to make ends meet. Busy with office work during the day compelled him to hire an auto driver to run during day hours. After his duty was over Akheto drove the auto from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. His brother was also with him during most of the night rides.
Akheto used to save 80 per cent of his earnings despite all shortcomings. But his friends and other people mocked him for not leading a lavish life style. However, he continued to work for fulfilment of his desire to be an established person in life.
Akheto nostalgically remarks, “I have achieved success in my career due to my hard work. How I got appointed, how I have been promoted, how I worked in the office as literate constable” are all part of his committed service.
Even after being to the rank of Asst. Sub-Inspector, Akheto was still staying in a thatched house and he hardly wore any expensive clothes. He preferred to save money other than spending it for unproductive purposes. It was miraculous for him that by the year 2000, Akheto owned 13 auto rickshaws that he had bought from the amount he saved through his additional earnings. The irony is that though he found auto drivers to run the autos he had already purchased, it was difficult to maintain the autos with some problem or the other cropping up on a daily basis. This paved the way for opening a new style of business of auto financing in Dimapur. The response was too good. Within a short span of time, he was able to make this new style successful.
Till 2006, there was no direct mercantile of Bajaj Auto Pvt Ltd and India Yamaha Motor Pvt Ltd in Dimapur. With the support of his friend Mr A.K Dev, Akheto managed to get a sub-dealership of both the motor companies and gradually Authorised Dealerships with financial help from State Bank of India (SBI). Accordingly, two dealers Bajaj Auto and Yamaha Motors came up in the fast developing in Dimapur by the dedicated “being sincere” character of Akheto. In 2013, Akheto opened his third venture City Ford, the car showroom in Dimapur. He got his first Alto car in between 2007, taking finance from TK Service. He constructed his house taking loan from SBI. His favourite car is Eco Sport. Today he has two cars. “The State Bank is the only source I depend on. All my business transactions are with SBI,” Akheto affirmed.
“As a business man, I have to face so many challenges. But it’s how I handle (it’s not as difficult as it is) and how my family encourage each other to establish,” he said.
His future plan is to retire after some years and wish that his siblings would continue to take it forward following the steps he had taken.
Akheto at 55 years of age tries to keep fit by playing badminton. Presently, he is relaxed and comfortable and amply satisfied despite the struggles he has been through. He is not proud of what he has and he certainly does not possess an ultra ego of what he has or where he stands but he is always thankful to God for His love and blessings in his life.
Now he owns three showrooms, and has a large business turnover annually. He is in great health and enjoys an excellent relationship with his family. His son and son-in-law are also helping him in the business. It has given him the ultimate lifestyle.
Many people think that the public servants have extra and backdoor income for lifting up such business. However, Akheto is the example for younger generation. He showed the way in his life as to how a person grows up in his business, with powerful will and honesty without depending on “easy money”.
He has learned from trial and error — and found that most areas of his life worked better if he had a simple system to follow that produced consistent results. It has given him the ultimate lifestyle albeit with a lot of common sense.
Many people think that public servants have extra and backdoor income for lifting up such business.
However, Akheto is the example for younger generation. He has shown the way in his life as to how a person can grow up in his business, with powerful will and honesty without depending on “easy money”. Destiny has certainly rewarded Akheto.
Success is truly for those who leave their egos behind and get down hand on to push upward.