Barasat is a neighborhood in Kolkata, situated in the Indian state of West Bengal. It functions as the headquarters of the North 24 Parganas district as well as the Barasat Sadar subdivision. Known for its strategic location at a railway and road junction, Barasat is a regional transportation hub. Several important roads, including National Highway 12, National Highway 112 pass through the town. During the Mughal period, Sankar Chakraborty (who was a commander of the king of Jessore in Bangladesh) came to Barasat and established himself. During the British era, the officials of the East India Company made Barasat a weekend retreat by constructing houses with gardens. Warren Hastings had built his villa in the heart of the region. The place was known for its indigo cultivation and thus contributed largely to the economy of the state. The city is located in the Gangetic plain. Today, the fertile land of the area ensures the cultivation of crops like rice, legumes, potatoes, sugarcane and coconuts. Prestigious academic institutes such as West Bengal State University, Barasat Government College, Brainware University, Adamas University, etc. are located in Barasat. The city has many Ashramas dedicated to different saints and gurus for the Hindu devotees.
The Union Bank of India was incorporated on 11th November 1919 with its headquarters in Mumbai. In the year 1921, The Head Office of the Bank in Mumbai was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The Bank has a presence of over 4200+ branches across India. The core values of bank management are reflected in the fact that the bank has shown an exponential profit growth in last 96 years of its working. The Union Bank has been playing a very proactive role in the economic growth of India. It extends credit to meet the requirements of different sectors of the economy such as Industries, exports, trading, agriculture, infrastructure. Along with that, there are individual sectors in which the bank has given credit to influence economic growth and to earn from a well-diversified portfolio of assets. The resources of the bank are mobilized through Term Deposits, Current, Savings, and through refinance and borrowings from abroad. The Union Bank consists of large customer base of over 5.7 crores. On the technology front, the Bank has been an early adopter of technology due to which 100% of its branches are computerized. Shri Rajkiran Rai G. is the current Managing Director and CEO of the bank.