Baranagar is an emerging city in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a municipality in the Barrackpore subdivision of the North 24 Parganas district and territorially belongs to the Kolkata Urban Agglomeration. The area was occupied by the in the seventeenth century. An old mansion of the Dutch merchants still remains in the Kutighat area. There was a hog factory in the area where around 3,000 hogs were slaughtered and salted for export every year. Hogs are called "Baraha" in Bengali and hence the area came to be known as "Baraha Nagar" or the "town of hogs." The name got modified to Baranagar later. Baranagar was a renowned center for the extensive jute trade and manufacturing gunny bags during the British era. Baranagar hosts the Indian Statistical Institute or ISI, which is an institution of national importance. It is devoted to research, teaching and application of statistics, social sciences and natural sciences. The city is a major industrial center for the manufacture of agricultural and industrial machinery. Furthermore, the city also has several units for the manufacture of chemicals, castor oil and matches. It also has numerous cotton-processing companies. Temples such as Kaancher Mandir, Joy Mitra Kali Bari and Pathbari draw a lot of local tourists to Baranagar.
The Bandhan Bank Ltd. is the first bank to set up in the eastern part of India after India has gained independence. On 23rd August 2015, the Bandhan bank was launched by the Union Minister of Finance, Shri Arun Jaitley Ji in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The bank has two divisions: General Banking and Micro Banking Bandhan offering several retail financial solutions for its customers. It started as a micro-finance company in 2001 and received its banking license from the RBI in 2014. In August 2016, the first-anniversary celebration of Bandhan Bank was attended by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. On 27th March 2018, it became the 8th largest bank in India by market capitalization. Its a bank for all, but the focus is to meet the needs of the people whom the formal banking system doesnt notice. The MD and CEO of the Bandhan Bank are Mr. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh. The Bandhan Financial Services Limited (BFSL), one of the largest microfinance organization in India owns the subsidiary of the bank known as The Bandhan Financial Holdings. The Bandhan Bank get listed on the Bombay stock exchange. For mobile banking, the Bandhan bank has launched m Bandhan app which is available for download on google play store and apple store. The users can check their account information and make money transfers through the app. It offers its world-class banking products to urban, semi-urban and the rural people being a bank for all.