Panihati is a developing city in the North 24 Parganas district of the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a part of Kolkata Urban Agglomeration with more than 3 lakh residents. Panihati municipality is a part of the Kolkata Metropolitan Area Development Area or KMDA. There are prestigious educational institutions such as the St. Xaviers Institution, the Narula Institute of Technology, Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, etc. in the vicinity of the city. The small city is well connected via railways with two important railway stations - Agarpara and Sodepur in the vicinity. The place is known for hosting many industries. The Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals at Panihati is a leading manufacturer of medicines. The Bengal Waterproof Works Private Ltd. is popular for their brand Duckback. The Texmaco Rail and Engineering Ltd. has five manufacturing units in and around Panihati. The residents are either employed in these industries or they travel to the various service sectors of the KMDA region for work.
IDBI Bank was established to provide credit and other financial facilities for the development of the fledgling Indian industry, in 1964. The Government of India owns it. It is a nationalized bank treated on par with State Bank of India (SBI) and other nationalized banks as per the notification dated 26th February 2013 by the finance ministry. At present,77% stake in IDBI Bank is holding by the government. In the current fiscal of 2017-18, the bank made a loss of Rs.853 crore compared to a profit of Rs.241 crore earned during the last fiscal year. It currently has 3,817 ATMs, 1,995 branches, including one overseas office in Dubai. On June 29, 2018, Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) has got a technical go-ahead from IRDAI to increase stake in IDBI Bank up to 51%. The RBI formed a committee which recommended the development financial institution (IDBI) to diversify its activity and harmonize the role of development financing and banking activities by getting away from the conventional distinction between commercial banking and developmental banking. The bank had 16,555 employees, out of which 197 were employees with disabilities, as on 31st March.