Patna is the largest city in Bihar and the second largest in eastern India, right after Kolkata. It is also the capital city of the state. The city is located on the southern bank of River Ganga. This city was found in 490BC by the Magadha empire and was named Pataliputra. The city has been under the dominance of great dynasties such as the Mauryas, Guptas, Palas and Nandas, who made this city a seat of arts and education in the olden days. Being the 5th among the fastest growing cities in the country, the World Bank had ranked Patna as the second most business-friendly Indian city in 2009. It is one of the rapidly growing Indian cities with the GDP of around 7.29%, which is on the rise with each passing year. It is one of the oldest cities of India. A primarily agricultural city, Patnas economy is based on the production and export of sugarcane, sesame, grains and rice. In the last few years, Patna has undergone a sustained growth phase due to the ?Green Revolution? business, which saw the rise of the FMCG industry and excellent performance of the service sector. This city is developing at a rapid pace as many SMEs and heavy industries are expanding to offer people numerous opportunities, thus making Patna a highly convenient place for people to settle down.
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.