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.
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.