The city of Raichur is located between Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers in the Indian state of Karnataka. The city houses around 2 lakh residents. Although Kannada is the main language of Raichur, Telugu and Urdu are also widely spoken. Raichur is known for its imposing Raichur Fort which was built in 1294. The fort contains stone inscriptions in Persian and Arabic that adds to its rich history. The had been a part of various empires including the Bahmanis, the Vijayanagara Empire and the Hyderabad empire. The city is also very rich from the epigraphical perspective. Hundreds of inscriptions have been found in the area, ranging from the Mauryan period till the Muslim period, belonging to almost every dynasty that ruled over the Decan. These inscriptions are in a variety of languages such as Kannada, Telugu, Arabic, Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Persian. There are gold mines surrounding the city of Raichur that vastly contribute to the economy of the city. The city is also a leading producer of cotton and oil.
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.