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 Federal Bank Limited based in Kochi, Kerala is a major private sector commercial bank. The Federal Bank had 1252 branches and 1680 ATMs across the country, as on 31 March 2016. The Pattamukkil Varattisseril Brothers gathered together to discuss the necessary steps to be taken to form a bank, on 7th April 1931 at Pattamukkil Varattisseril Tharavad. Among the founders of the bank are Pattamukkil Varattisseril Oommen Geevarghese, and his brothers Oommen Kurian, Oommen George Oommen Chacko. The Oommen Chacko was the managing director, and the Oommen Geevarghese was the founder chairman. The limitation of interest by the Travancore Debt Relief Act, 1941 and The Travancore Agriculturists Relief Act, 1939, greatly influenced the smooth functioning of the bank. On 2 December 1949, the bank was named Federal Bank Limited, after the completion of formalities of Banking Regulation Act, 1949. The Federal Bank introduced FedBook, the first electronic passbook in August 2013. The FedBook is a mobile application using which customers can check their passbook details. Federal Bank and SBI Card launched Federal Bank-SBI two co-branded Visa credit cards, namely Platinum and Gold N More in May 2015. In July 2015, an automated chat facility was introduced by the Federal Bank. Federal Bank launched Indias first Mobile App for Bank Account Opening in August 2015, creating history. As an upgrade to FedBook, e-Passbook App was launched by the bank as a unique facility of mobile-based bank opening. Anyone having an Aadhaar Card and PAN Card, can open a Savings Bank Account and get their Account Number instantly using a mobile from anywhere through the new avatar of Fedbook. In August 2016, Lotza, the Unified Payment Interface app was launched by the Federal Bank.