Kamarhati is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Barrackpore subdivision of the North 24 Parganas district. The place was initially a refugee colony soon after the partition of Bengal as many squatters from East Pakistan flocked to this area and encroached upon the public as well as private land. Within a very short time, these refugees initiated all the amenities required for a comfortable lifestyle and developed a proper society. Kamarhati belongs to the Kolkata Urban Agglomerate and houses around 3.5 lakh residents. There are several industrial units in Kamarhati like Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd, Kamarhatty Company Ltd (jute mill), Agarpara Jute Mills, Prabartak Jute Mills Ltd, National Tobacco Company Industries Ltd, WIMCO (a Swedish match company), Allied Ceramics Private Limited, Emami Paper Mills Ltd, etc. The Dakshineshwar Temple is located in this area and it draws thousands of devotees every day.
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.