Mau is a town located in the Mau district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is officially known as Maunath Bhanjan and it serves as the headquarter of the district. The city has a population of around 22 lakh people and the city celebrates various festivals like Holi, Diwali, Eid, Muharram, Durga Puja, Vijayadashami, Christmas, Bhaiya Duj, Chhath Puja, etc. with grand pomp and show. Mau is an industrial town. The textile industry of Benares and Mubarakpur saw a gradual decline over the last few decades but Mau still stands as one of the last bastions of textile hubs of UP. There are more than 50000 power-looms in the city and the state government is putting extra effort into modernizing this industry at Mau.
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.