Anantapur, situated in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, is a small city that functions as the mandal headquarters as well as the divisional headquarters of the Anantapuramu mandal and the Anantapur revenue district respectively. Its official name is Anantapuramu. The region experiences a semi-arid climate that remains hot and dry for most of the year. Around 2.5 lakh people live in the city. Anantapuramu provides railway connectivity and it is labeled as an A?category station in the Guntakal railway division. It is connected to the nearby cities through several national and state highways. Millets like Jowar, Bajra and Ragi are cultivated here for consumption as well as trade. The important educational institutions in Anantapur are Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Sri Sathya Sai University and a campus of JNTU. Telugu is the most widely spoken language. Urdu, Kannada and English are also spoken.
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.