Gorakhpur is situated in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Nestled on the banks of River Rapti, Gorakhpur serves as the administrative headquarters of the Gorakhpur district. History reports that the city was ruled by the Nawab of Awadh and then by the British East Indian Company for over 200 years. At present, the city is divided into 70 wards for the purpose of effective administration. The economy of Gorakhpur is driven by the cultivation of crops like rice, maize, rapeseed, mustard, pigeon pea, sorghum, pearl millet, moong beans, Bengal gram, green peas, wheat, etc. Sugarcane is the chief cash crop grown in the area. The city hosts many educational institutions such as Bhawani Prasad Pandey PG College, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Government Degree College, Blooming Buds Degree College, Jawahar Lal Nehru PG College, BRD Medical College & Nehru Hospital, Indira Gandhi Girls Degree College, etc. Gorakhpur is a fascinating tourist destination which draws people from all parts of the country. The places in and around the city that are worthy of a visit are the Gorakhnath Temple, the Railway Museum, Kushmi Forest, Neernikunj Water Park, Indra Bal Vihar Park and St. Josephs Cathedral church.
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.