Akola is a city in the Vidarbha region of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is known for being one of the largest producers of cotton in the entire country and has hence received the nickname of the Cotton City. It is a striking road and rail junction near the Tapti River valley, which is also a commercial trading center chiefly for cotton. The city with roughly 5 lakh people, is governed by Akola Municipal Corporation. The city lies near the Tropic of Cancer and experiences a tropical humid climate and the residents are mostly found donning plain cotton clothes. Akola city is known for its many agricultural universities alongside veterinary colleges, engineering, medical and normal degree colleges. Cotton production and textile industry chiefly drive the economy of Akola. Akola has a very good grain market which contributes to the citys economy. The city has mills for pulses and oil. The IT sector is also growing at a fast pace. Standing on the banks of the Morna River, the city of Akola is rapidly developing.
Punjab National Bank is the first bank which is Swadeshi and began with the authorized national capital. The business of PNB Bank was started on 12th April 1895. The PNB was the first bank which was entirely managed by the Indians along with the national capital. The bank has spread its network with 6900 branches across India out of which 62% branches are in rural and semi-urban areas. The bank is operating a transformational exercise named as "Mission Parivartan" a think tank division for business excellence to improve the efficiency, profitability, and productivity of the bank for long-term sustenance. In digital banking, the bank has gone under several developments such as the opening of "PNB DIGI-HUT" the first proof of concept model of the digital branch launched at the Dwarka head office. The bank has also introduced an Integrated Fee Portal for its customers to enable fee payments through internet banking gateway. RBI approved the bank to act as Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit which was made live on September 2017. The bank took some initiatives for driving financial inclusion in fiscal 2018, such as biometrics based aadhar seeding and authentication of the existing customers. It also introduced Atal Pension Yojana registration facility at the Business Correspondent locations.