A city as well as a municipal board in the district of the same name, Bahraich is located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It lies beside the Saryu River, which is a tributary of River Ghaghra. Bahraich shares an international border with the neighboring country, Nepal. According to the socio-economic and basic amenities indicators, the Government of India has declared that Bahraich is one of the most minority-concentrated areas in India. Bahraich has a vast forest cover. Trees like Shisham, Dhak, Mahua, Babul, Ashok, Khajur, Mango, Neem, Peepal and Gular are grown here. Several varieties of mangoes, especially the Dasheri mangoes, are grown here. The main crops cultivated at Bahraich are wheat, paddy, sugarcane, mustard and various vegetables. Apart from this, many medicinal and herbal plants like Tulsi, Peppermint are also grown in Bahraich. Hence, the city has an agricultural economy. The area is a growing district in the direction of education as many institutions have been set up in Bahraich like Sanjeevani Institute of Technology and Management, Lord Buddha Degree College, Rupaidiha, Mithilesh Nandini Reshama Arif Mahavidyalaya and several other Islamic education institutes. Awadhi and Urdu are the most commonly used language by the people of Bahraich.
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.