The thriving city of Rajahmundry lies on the banks of the Godavari in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Popularly known as ?The Cultural Capital of Andhra Pradesh,? the city serves as the administrative headquarters of the East Godavari district. Rajahmundry is a city of antiquity. It is one of the most important cities in the history of the state. Its roots can be traced back to 1100 AD. The city is reputed for shaping up the Telugu language as well as for its dynamic role in the Indian independence movement. Rajahmundry is the sixth largest in the state. Its modern civic administration is conducted through the organized division of the city into 93 wards. The cloth and bullion businesses mainly fuel the economy of the city. Rajahmundry acts as a business hub for east and west Godavari districts. The rich and fertile basin of the Godavari also contributes to agriculture. Paddy is the major crop cultivated. The city hosts a few notable educational institutions such as Adikavi Nannaya University, Telugu University, Godavari Institute of Engineering and Technology, GSKM Law College, G.M.R. Polytechnic College etc. The historic city is a hub for Telugu culture with plenty of tourist attractions such as the Godavari Rail Bridge, Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple, ISKCON, the Markandeya Temple, Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, the Rallabandi Subbarao Government Museum, etc.
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.