I`ve got the board made already hence the issue.
However, in the NPN transistor, R1 must be shorted to the positive end of the supply to turn the switch on.
Got it. so basically i can set output pin to LOW and use PNP 2N3906 instead of NPN 2N4401 to switch High side right?
That will turn on the transistor but in order to turn it off you have to supply at least 11.4V to the emitter's resistor.
I guess few mA but still waiting to get this confirmed.