Akola is a city in the Vidarbha region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is known for being one of the largest producers of cotton in the entire country and has hence received the nickname of the Cotton City. It is a striking road and rail junction near the Tapti River valley, which is also a commercial trading center chiefly for cotton. The city with roughly 5 lakh people, is governed by Akola Municipal Corporation. The city lies near the Tropic of Cancer and experiences a tropical humid climate and the residents are mostly found donning plain cotton clothes. Akola city is known for its many agricultural universities alongside veterinary colleges, engineering, medical and normal degree colleges. Cotton production and textile industry chiefly drive the economy of Akola. Akola has a very good grain market which contributes to the citys economy. The city has mills for pulses and oil. The IT sector is also growing at a fast pace. Standing on the banks of the Morna River, the city of Akola is rapidly developing.
The Bandhan Bank Ltd. is based in Kolkata, West Bengal. Bandhan started as a micro-finance company in 2001 and received its banking license from the RBI in 2014. On 27th March 2018, it became the 8th largest bank in India by market capitalization. The Bank has 840 branches, 2,443 Doorstep Services, 282 ATMs and 12,004 Mini-ATMs or Hand-Held Devices according to the Annual Report of the bank (2016-17). Mr. Harun Rasid Khan is the chairman of the Bandhan Bank. In July 2016, he had been the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. The founder cum managing director and chief executive officer of the Bandhan Bank are Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. The RBI licensing norms state explicitly that a new bank must have a ? 500 crore capital. The Bandhan Financial Services Limited (BFSL), one of the largest microfinance organization in India owns The Bandhan Financial Holdings. The SIDBI bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), Financial Inclusion Trust, North Eastern Financial Inclusion Trust, Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund GIC and the Bandhan Employees Welfare Trust are the significant investors in the parent organization of Bandhan Bank. The Bandhan Bank get listed on the Bombay stock exchange. On 23rd August 2015, the Bandhan bank was launched by the Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley Ji in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. After a year, the first-anniversary celebration of Bandhan Bank was attended by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. For mobile banking, the Bandhan bank has launched m Bandhan app which is available for download on google play store and apple store. The users can check their account information and make money transfers through the app.