Gopalpur is a census town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is situated in the Ranaghat subdivision of the Nadia district. The town lies towards the east of Hooghly River, with rich and fertile alluvial plains. Mostly an agricultural city, the economy of Gopalpur is driven by the cultivation of food crops as well as cash crops. The commonly cultivated crops in this city are paddy, pulses, cereals, potatoes and other vegetables. This town has a meager population of around 8000 people who are mostly employed in the agricultural sector. The town is a suburb to the metro city of Kolkata and is well connected via railway and roads. Bengali is the most commonly spoken language in Gopalpur.
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.