Firozabad, a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, is commonly known by its nicknames "Suhag Nagari" and "The city of Glass." It was earlier known as Chandwar Nagar which was changed to Firozabad after a local champion named Firoz, during the rule of Emperor Akber. The city has been famous for glass and bangle works since these early days and hence its nicknames are extremely appropriate. The glass bangles and related small-scale industry of Firozabad are famous throughout the world. Firozabad suffers from low literacy levels and pollution. Child labor is intensely practiced in this city. Moreover, Firozabad also experiences an acute water crisis as the available water is polluted beyond repair by the discharge from various factories. Around 6 lakh people live in this city that experiences severe climatic conditions in both summer and winter. Most of the residents ofFirozabad are employed in the various units of manufacturing glass products.
In 1926, seven businessmen of Karur founded Lakshmi Vilas Bank under the leadership of Shri V.S.N. Ramalinga Chettiar. They aimed to serve the financial needs of people who were occupied in trading businesses, industry and agriculture, in and around Karur. The bank was established on November 3, 1926, under the Indian Companies Act, 1913, and on November 10, 1926, it obtained the certificate to commence business. After the Banking Regulations Act was introduced in1949, the bank received its banking license from RBI and became a scheduled commercial bank? revealing its capability to operate as a full-fledged commercial bank. Lakshmi Vilas Bank did considerable expansion of its branch network from 1961 to 1965, when the bank took over nine other banks. The bank started the development of its branch network beyond Tamil Nadu in 1974 to take benefit from the additional opportunities across India. Thus, offices were established in the neighboring states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala, critical financial centres like Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as in other prominent business centers in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Gujarat.