Proddutur is located in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, on the banks of the Penna River. Proddutur is the states smallest municipal body by area but houses more than 2 lakh residents. The economy of Proddutur is mainly dependent upon the gold and cotton businesses. Book manufacturing and financing also contribute to the citys economy. Proddutur is well connected to all the nearby areas through road and railway. Notable places in and around Proddutur are Sri Vasavi Kanyaka Parameshwari Aalayam, known for its grand celebrations of Dussehra festival; Mukthi Rameshwaram is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva; the Biggest Ayyappa temple in Kadapa district known as Ayyappa Swamy temple; and Rajeev Gandhi National Park which is an ecological park developed by the State Government.
The Andhra Bank had been nationalized in April 1980. It narrowly escaped nationalization in 1969, when all the banks were having deposits of 50 crores and above were nationalized. It was the number one bank among private sector banks from 1969 to 1980. In 1980, more banks with deposits of 200 crores were nationalized. Andhra Bank has its head office in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. C V R Rajendran, chairman and managing director of Andhra Bank was appointed by the finance ministry, earlier worked as executive director at Bank of Maharashtra. The Andhra Bank was the prominent bank in introducing credit cards in India. Also, it is the first bank to issue travelers cheques in Foreign Currency and to launch insurance linked deposit schemes. Though it used to have most of its branches in Andhra earlier, now it has spread itself all across the country. Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramayya founded Andhra Bank in 1923 in Machlipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Two of Indias public sector banks ? Bank of Baroda (44%) and Andhra Bank (30%), and UKs financial and investment company (26%) established IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company as a joint venture in November 2009.