Established on 19th Feb' 1943 in Lahore, Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) is one of the public sector banks in India. Its modest beginning is creditable to its founder Late Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal, the first Chairman of the OBC. Within four years of coming into existence, the country partitioned, the Bank shifted its Registered Office from Lahore to Amritsar. The Oriental Bank of Commerce was nationalized on 15th April 1980, and paved its way to count amongst the strongest banks in India.
OBC has a network of 530 branches and 505 ATM's spread throughout India, out of which 490 branches offer centralized banking solutions. With High Capital Adequacy Ratio, Oriental Bank of Commerce is known be a consistent profit-making bank. It offers various services and products, like current/ savings account, general loans, educational loans, agricultural loans, etc, for the benefit of customers. For its effective services, the National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) rated OBC Bank as "Customer Friendly" Bank.
OBC India Grameen Project
OBC's Grameen Project aims to reduce poverty & to identify the reasons which are responsible for the failure or success. OBC is implementing a Grameen Project in Dehradun District (UP) and Hanumangarh District (Rajasthan). This Scheme has a unique feature of disbursing small loans, ranging from Rs. 75 onwards. The OBC has various Agriculture Loan Schemes for farmers, such as, Composite Credit Scheme for Agricultural Leading, Overdraft Facility to Farmers, Advance against Warehouse Receipts to Farmers & Purchase of Land for Agriculture Purposes, Agriculture Clinic & Agriculture Business Centers.
Comprehensive Village Development Programme
On 13 April 1997 at the occasion of Baisakhi, OBC launched another unique scheme, 'The Comprehensive Village Development Programme' in three villages of Punjab. After the success of this scheme in these villages, the Bank extended the programme to more villages. Today, it covers 10 villages in Punjab, 4 in Haryana and 1 in Rajasthan. This programme focuses on providing a comprehensive and integrated package, which offers finance to the villagers.
Special Services For Women
Oriental Bank of Commerce has also implemented 14 point action plan for strengthening the credit delivery to women. Under this scheme bank provide various loans to women, such as, Oriented Mahila Vikas Yojana, Scheme for Professional & self Employed Women, Scheme for Beauty Parlor/ Boutiques/ Saloons/Tailoring, Scheme for Financing Working Women, etc.
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Harsha Bhawan, E- Block
New Delhi - 110001