Amritsar, historically remembered as Ramdaspur or Ambarsar, is a city in the north Indian state of Punjab. Rivers Beas and Ravi, distributaries of the great Indus River, flow through two edges of this city. It is esteemed as a holy place by the Sikh community as it hosts the famous Golden Temple. It is an extremely busy and one of the most visited shrines in India, which attracts devotees as well as visitors from India and abroad. Apart from the Golden Temple, a few other notable tourist attractions in the vicinity of the city include Jallianwala Bagh, Akal Takht and Durgiana Temple. The daily ritual at the Wagah border is also attended by thousands of visitors every day. The Ram Teerath Ashram at Amritsar is also frequented by many Hindu devotees. It is believed to be the Ashram of Maharishi Valmiki, who had written the epic of Ramayana. Tourism greatly contributes to the Amritsars economy. Several small-scale and light-engineering industries also thrive in this area. Handicrafts like carpets and fabrics as well as farm products also contribute to the economy of the city. Amritsar is a residential as well as a commercial hub. There are many exciting spots for shopping and recreation in and around the city. The delicious Punjabi cuisine is also worth mentioning at this juncture. With numerous reputed academic institutions and all the modern amenities needed for a comfortable life, Amritsar is not only the global heart of the Sikh religion but also a lovely place to live in.
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.