Asansol, a city in the Burdwan district of the Indian state of West Bengal, is the states second largest city in terms of area and population. It is a Tier-II city which rapidly developing. The city has derived its name from two words - "Asan" refers to a 30 meters tall found near River Damodar and "Sol" refers to land. Thus, these two words combine to form the name of this city which is incredibly rich in minerals. This cosmopolitan city is located on the lower Chota Nagpur Plateau and it shares the border with the Dhanbad district in the adjoining state of Jharkhand. The economy of this city is principally dependent on its steel and coal industries. The IISCO or Indian Iron and Steel Company Ltd steel-making plant at Kulti in Asansol was the first of such facility in India and is undergoing major renovations to come back with doubled production rate. Eastern Coalfields has a significant presence in the Asansol due to the enormous deposits of high-quality coal in and around the city. The railway is a big contributor to Asansols economy as many residents are employed in the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works which is one of the worlds largest locomotive manufacturers.
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.