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 government owns Punjab & Sind Bank, and it is based in New Delhi. Its 623 offices are in Punjab state out of 1554 branches spread all over India. On 24 June 1908, the Punjab & Sind Bank was founded by Sir Sunder Singh, MajithaBhai Vir Singh, and Sardar Tarlochan Singh. The Government of India nationalized the Punjab National Bank on 15 April 1980 along with other six banks in the second wave of nationalizations. The first nationalization had been in 1969 when the government nationalized the top 14 banks. The Punjab & Sind Bank established a branch in London in the 1960s. In 1991 the London branch was acquired by the Bank of Baroda at the order of the Reserve Bank of India due to Punjab & Sinds involvement in the Sethia fraud in 1987. The Punjab & Sind has shown growth of over 40% year on year since 2004, and its IPO was put over the top by more than 50 times recently. In business, the bank crossed a mark of Rs 1 lac crore. The Punjab & Sind Bank sponsored a regional rural bank known as Sutlej Gramin Bank. The products of Punjab and Sind bank includes Debit Card, ATM, Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, SMS Banking, BHIM, UPI, POS Machine, AADHAR PAY, BHARAT QR