Allahabad is one of the oldest Indian cities situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city was earlier known as Prayag which was renamed as Allahabad during the Mughal era. Allahabad has played a vital role in the history of the state as well as the country. It lies on the confluence of the Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati rivers, elevating it to a respectable place in the Hindu religion. It is one of the most populous areas in the state of UP and is divided into 80 wards for administrative purpose, each headed by an elected representative. The economy of the city is mostly dependent on agriculture. The fertile Gangetic plain around the city facilitates this. Other industries that thrive in the city include real estate, banking and tourism. Additionally, there are a host of small-scale units in the glass and wire manufacturing sector. Allahabad is a seat of power in Uttar Pradesh. It hosts a lot of bureaucratic offices, employing a lot of people. Huge companies like Reliance, SAIL, BPCL, HCL are also functional in Allahabad, adding to the employment opportunities. The Allahabad University is one of the oldest and most reputed universities in India. There are other notable institutions in Allahabad such as IERT, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Ewing Christian college, etc. The major attraction for tourism in Allahabad is the Kumbh Mela which is a sacred rite for Hindus across the world. It gathers lakhs of visitors to the city every year. Few other places to visit in this city include the Allahabad Fort, Alfred Park, Ashoka pillar, the Victoria and Thornhill Memorials, etc.
In 1943, Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal Ji, the first Chairman of OBC, founded it in Lahore. Within four years of its existence, the Oriental Bank of Commerce had to face Partition between India and Pakistan. The bank had to shut its branches in the newly formed Pakistan and move its registered office to Amritsar. The period of 1970-76 had been the most challenging phase in the history of the Bank. The OBC merged with Global Trust Bank (GTB) on 14 August 2004. The acquisition brought 103 branches with it, which increased OBCs branch number total to 1092. The bank presents a wide range of banking products and financial services such as deposit accounts, credit cards with a tie-up with SBI, Insurance products, ATMs, loans, debit cards, Internet banking, Self-banking halls, call center, mobile banking, etc. The Bank has introduced another peoples participation in the planning process at grass root level fundamentally to tackle the maladies of poverty. The Grameen Projects venture aimed to alleviate poverty while identifying the reasons responsible for the failure or success. The OBC has already introduced a GRAMEEN PROJECT in Dehradun District (UK) and Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan.