Amritsar, historically remembered as Ramdaspur or Ambarsar, is a city in the north Indian state of Punjab. Rivers Beas and Ravi, distributaries of the great Indus River, flow through two edges of this city. It is esteemed as a holy place by the Sikh community as it hosts the famous Golden Temple. It is an extremely busy and one of the most visited shrines in India, which attracts devotees as well as visitors from India and abroad. Apart from the Golden Temple, a few other notable tourist attractions in the vicinity of the city include Jallianwala Bagh, Akal Takht and Durgiana Temple. The daily ritual at the Wagah border is also attended by thousands of visitors every day. The Ram Teerath Ashram at Amritsar is also frequented by many Hindu devotees. It is believed to be the Ashram of Maharishi Valmiki, who had written the epic of Ramayana. Tourism greatly contributes to the Amritsars economy. Several small-scale and light-engineering industries also thrive in this area. Handicrafts like carpets and fabrics as well as farm products also contribute to the economy of the city. Amritsar is a residential as well as a commercial hub. There are many exciting spots for shopping and recreation in and around the city. The delicious Punjabi cuisine is also worth mentioning at this juncture. With numerous reputed academic institutions and all the modern amenities needed for a comfortable life, Amritsar is not only the global heart of the Sikh religion but also a lovely place to live in.
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.