Raiganj is a small city as well as a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It functions as the headquarters of the Uttar Dinajpur district. Raiganj was established 200 years ago. Some believe that the name of the place has come from the word "Rai" which refers to the character of Radha in Mahabharata. Some others say that the name is associated with the royal family of Dinajpur as their surname was Rai. However, the widely accepted opinion is that the name of the city originated from the excess of rai sorshe cultivated in the place, which is a special type of mustard. The city has around 2 lakh Bengali speaking residents. Raiganj is famous for the Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary, or the Kulik bird sanctuary. It is a home to many Asian Openbills as well as other waterbirds. It is the largest bird sanctuary in Asia. Hence tourism is a huge source of the economy here. Raiganj doesnt have many industries, but it is a very important trading center. Daily business transactions in Raiganj shoots up to at least six crores on an average. A few places worth visiting in and around the city are the Raiganj Church, the Jain Temples, several Hindu temples, Terracotta pottery at Malgaon, etc.
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.