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 CBI is one of the oldest and largest commercial banks in India and owned by the government. It is headquartered in Mumbai, the capital city of the state of Maharashtra and known as the financial capital. The bank has 4715 branches, 5319 ATMs across 27 Indian states and three Union Territories. Overseas, the CBI has a branch at Nairobi, Hong Kong having a joint venture with Bank of Baroda, Bank of India, and the Zambian government.CBI has also opened a representative office at Nairobi in Kenya recently. It is one of the 20 Public Sector banks in India to receive recapitalization finance from the government over the next 24 months. For opening representative offices in five more locations - Singapore, Dubai, Doha, and London, the Central Bank of India approached the RBI. The reserves of the bank and surplus stood at ? 283030 million. As of 31 March 2015, the total business at the end of the last fiscal approximately amounted to ? 45,05,390 million. On 21 December 1911, Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala founded the Central Bank of India with Sir Pherozeshah Mehta as the Chairman. The Indian Government nationalized the Central Bank of India on 19 July, 1969together with 13 others banks.