Raebareli is a city as well as a municipal board that functions as the administrative headquarter of the Raebareli district in Uttar Pradesh. The city is situated on the bank of the Sai river, The city has many architectural wonders and sites, chief among which is a strong and spacious fort. The city is a part of the Gangetic alluvial plain. The mineral of importance in this area is kankar. Deposits of reh and brick earth are also found in the nearby areas. The Rae Bareli district is under the Lucknow division of the state. The city is divided into 15 blocks to ensure effective management and civic governance. Raebareli has quite a few educational institutions of great repute such as campuses of Kendriya Vidyalaya, AIIMS, NIFT, etc. The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi is an institute located in Raebareli that trains pilots. There are around 2 lakh residents in this city who speak in Hindi.
The Shamrao Vithal Co-op. Bank Ltd. or SVC Cooperative Bank Limited, is a banking company incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 a scheduled bank, and one of the oldest Urban Co-operative Bank in India built in 1906. The bank was set up when co-operation was just started in the country. It was established with the primary aim of helping the less fortunate members of the community under the ambit of its economic enterprises. It was also to encourage savings and to create funds for providing financial aid to deserving members.Mr. Rao Bahadur Shripad Subbarao Talmaki was the chief architect of the Bank. The Bank was initially registered as a Co-operative Credit Society on 27 December 1906. The Bank is present in 10 States of India. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Goa, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. In 1907, cumulative deposit scheme, fixed deposit scheme and saving bank deposit were introduced by the bank. After that in 1911, the facilities for remittance were made available to the members by the draft. In 1913, the cash credit scheme was introduced by the bank. In 1956, facilities were thrown open to all communities. In 1988, the Shamrao Vithal bank was conferred the scheduled bank status.