Akola is a city in the Vidarbha region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is known for being one of the largest producers of cotton in the entire country and has hence received the nickname of the Cotton City. It is a striking road and rail junction near the Tapti River valley, which is also a commercial trading center chiefly for cotton. The city with roughly 5 lakh people, is governed by Akola Municipal Corporation. The city lies near the Tropic of Cancer and experiences a tropical humid climate and the residents are mostly found donning plain cotton clothes. Akola city is known for its many agricultural universities alongside veterinary colleges, engineering, medical and normal degree colleges. Cotton production and textile industry chiefly drive the economy of Akola. Akola has a very good grain market which contributes to the citys economy. The city has mills for pulses and oil. The IT sector is also growing at a fast pace. Standing on the banks of the Morna River, the city of Akola is rapidly developing.
Federal Bank Limited was established on 28th April 1931. In September 2006, the Ganesh Bank of Kurundwad was merged with Federal Bank, and the total number of the bank branches crossed 500. In July 2011, the Federal office launched the general insurance cover for stabilizing the relationship with the clients. FedDelight, banks unique gift card was launched in September 2011. In November 2011, the bank started its 24/7 customer care which was controlled by differently abled people. The Federal Bank has also signed an agreement with Samba Bank for inward remittance. The stocks of the bank get listed on the BSE Index in 2012. In August 2013, the bank launched its first electronic passbook named Fedbook in India, and it was awarded as the most active organization. The bank has adopted an exclusive video conferencing facility named Vconnect to enable customers to interact with relationship managers of the bank. In June 2015, the bank launched an innovative payment app for its customers named, Scan n Pay. Another initiative in digital banking was Fed-E-Credit, the first digital loan in August 2015. In January 2016, the bank introduced miss call based banking services for fund transfer.