A city as well as a municipal board in the district of the same name, Bahraich is located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It lies beside the Saryu River, which is a tributary of River Ghaghra. Bahraich shares an international border with the neighboring country, Nepal. According to the socio-economic and basic amenities indicators, the Government of India has declared that Bahraich is one of the most minority-concentrated areas in India. Bahraich has a vast forest cover. Trees like Shisham, Dhak, Mahua, Babul, Ashok, Khajur, Mango, Neem, Peepal and Gular are grown here. Several varieties of mangoes, especially the Dasheri mangoes, are grown here. The main crops cultivated at Bahraich are wheat, paddy, sugarcane, mustard and various vegetables. Apart from this, many medicinal and herbal plants like Tulsi, Peppermint are also grown in Bahraich. Hence, the city has an agricultural economy. The area is a growing district in the direction of education as many institutions have been set up in Bahraich like Sanjeevani Institute of Technology and Management, Lord Buddha Degree College, Rupaidiha, Mithilesh Nandini Reshama Arif Mahavidyalaya and several other Islamic education institutes. Awadhi and Urdu are the most commonly used language by the people of Bahraich.
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.