Raipur is the capital city as well as the largest urban agglomerate in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It was a part of Madhya Pradesh before the new state of Chhattisgarh was formed in November 2000. Naya Raipur or New Raipur is actually the new capital of the state which is 17 kilometers away from the older city of Raipur. Swami Vivekananda Airport separates these two cities. This city is the administrative headquarters of Raipur District. The current administration is based on its division into 72 wards which are managed by an elected representative. The source of Raipurs economy is mainly from agriculture. Crops like pulses, wheat, paddy, urad, peas, etc. are cultivated widely. Soybean, Alsi and groundnut are some of the oilseeds that are grown around the city. It is also a center for the state?s steel and other industries. Raipur has many educational institutions and universities like Indian Institute of Management, National Institute of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University, International Institute of Information Technology, etc. Although not a tourism-based city, Raipur has some places worth visiting such as the Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Shri Rajiv Lochan Mandir, Urja Park, Naya Raipur Central Park.
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.