Oriental Bank of Commerce

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Oriental Bank of Commerce
Native name
Traded asBSE500315
Financial services
Founded19 February 1943; 76 years ago (1943-02-19)
FounderRai Bahadur Sohan Lal[1]
HeadquartersGurugram, India
Key people
Mukesh Kumar Jain (MD & CEO) [2]
ProductsInvestment banking
Consumer banking
Commercial banking
Retail banking
Private banking
Asset management
Credit cards
RevenueDecrease 17,867.69 crore (US$2.6 billion)(2019)[3]
Increase 3,754 crore (US$540 million) (2019)[3]
Increase 55.00 crore (US$8.0 million) (2019)[3]
Total assetsIncrease271,909.57 crore (US$39 billion) (2019)[3]
OwnerGovernment of India
Number of employees
Capital ratio12.73% (2019)[3]

Oriental Bank of Commerce (BSE500315 NSEORIENTBANK) is an Indian public sector bank. Headquartered at Gurgaon, Haryana, has 2390 branches and 2625 ATMs across India.


Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal the first Chairman of the Bank, founded OBC in 1943 in Lahore. Within four years of its coming into existence, OBC had to face Partition. The bank had to close down its branches in the newly formed Pakistan and shift its registered office from Lahore to Amritsar. Lala Karam Chand Thapar, the then Chairman of the Bank, in a unique gesture honoured the commitments made to the depositors from Pakistan and paid every rupee to its departing customers.[citation needed]

The Bank has witnessed many ups and downs since its establishment. The period of 1970-76 is said to be the most challenging phase in the history of the Bank.[citation needed] At one time profit plummeted to 175, that prompted the owner of the bank, the Thapar Group, to sell / close the bank. Then employees and leaders of the Bank came forward to rescue the Bank. The owners were moved and had to change their decision of selling the bank and in turn they decided to improve the position of the bank with the active cooperation and support of all the employees. Their efforts bore fruits and performance of the bank improved significantly. This was the turning point in the history of the bank.[citation needed]

The bank was nationalised on 15 April 1980. At that time OBC ranked 19th among the 20 nationalised banks.[4]

In 1997, OBC acquired Bari Doab Bank and Punjab Cooperative Bank.[Note 1] The acquisition of these two banks brought with it no additional branches.

The bank has progressed on several fronts, crossing the Business Mix mark of 2 lac crores as on 31 March 2010 making it the seventh largest Public Sector Bank in India.[citation needed]

On 14 August 2004, OBC amalgamated Global Trust Bank (GTB). GTB was a leading private sector bank in India that was associated with various financial discrepancies leading to a moratorium being imposed by RBI shortly before it merged into OBC. The acquisition brought with it 103 branches, which increased OBC's branch total to 1092. As per March 2018-2019 annual report, it has 2390 branches and 2625 ATMs pan India.

On 30 August 2019, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India would be merged with Punjab National Bank. The proposed merger would make Punjab National Bank the second largest public sector bank in the country with assets of 17.95 lakh crore (US$260 billion) and 11,437 branches.[7][8] MD and CEO of United Bank, Ashok Kumar Pradhan, stated that the merged entity would begin functioning from 1 April 2020 and would operate under a new name.[9][10]


The Chairpersons (CMD) of the bank were as under:

Name Period
Karam Chand Thapar 1946 to 1967
L. M. Thapar 1961 to 1969
R. P. Oberoi 1973 to 1976
M. K. Vig 1976 to 1983
P. S. Gopalakrishnan 1984 to 1988
S. P. Talwar 1988 to 1990
S. K. Soni 1990 to 1996
Dalbir Singh 1996 to 2000
B. D. Narang 2000 to 2005
K. N. Prithviraj 2005 to 2007
T. Y. Prabhu August 2009 to January 2011
Nagesh Paidah January 2011 to February 2012
S.L. Bansal March 2012 to September 2014
Sh. Animesh Chauhan December 2014 to June 2017
Sh. Mukesh Kumar Jain July 2017 to Present (as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank)


The bank offers a wide range of banking products and services such as deposit accounts, loans, debit cards, credit cards (with tie up with SBI), Insurance products, ATMs, Internet banking, Mobile Banking, Self-banking halls, call centre, etc.

The Bank has launched yet another people's participation in the planning process at grass root level essentially to tackle the maladies of poverty. The Grameen Projects venture aims to alleviate poverty plus identify the reasons responsible for the failure or success.

OBC is already implementing a Grameen Project in Dehradun District (UK) and Hanumangarh District (Rajasthan). Formulated on the pattern of the Bangladesh Grameen Bank, the Scheme has a unique feature of disbursing small loans ranging from 75 (~US $1.50) onwards. The beneficiaries of the Grameen Project are mostly women. The Bank is engaged in providing training to rural folk in using locally available raw material to produce pickles, jams etc. This has provided self-employment and augmented income levels thus reforming lives of rural folk and encouraging cottage industries in rural areas.[citation needed]

OBC launched yet another unique[citation needed] scheme christened 'The Comprehensive Village Development Programme' on the auspicious day of Baisakhi, the 13th of April 1997 at three villages in Punjab namely Rurki Kalan (District. Sangrur), Raje Majra (District. Ropar) and Khaira Majha (District. Jaladhar) and two villages in Haryana, namely Khunga (District. Jind) and Narwal (District. Kaithal). The pilot launch was a great success. Emboldened by the success, Bank extended the programme to more villages. At present, it covers 15 villages; 10 in Punjab, 4 in Haryana and 1 in Rajasthan. The programme focuses on providing a comprehensive and integrated package providing rural finance to the villagers with Village Development as its focus, thus contributing towards infrastructural development and augmentation of income for each farmer of the village. The Bank has implemented 14 point action plan for strengthening of credit delivery to women and has designated 5 branches as specialised branches for women entrepreneurs.[citation needed]

Notes, citations, and references[edit]

  1. ^ Bari Doab Bank had been established in Lahore on 12 May 1915;[5] in 1947 the bank transferred its head-office to Hoshiarpur, where it had been the first joint stock bank to operate in the district. Punjab Cooperative Bank had been established in Amritsar on 31 October 1904.[5] It had been liquidated in September 1914,[6] but apparently had been re-established. At Partition it had lost operations in Pakistan.
  1. ^ Agarwal, Amol (1 September 2017). "How banks migrated during Partition". Livemint.
  2. ^ "Board of Directors".
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report of Oriental Bank of Commerce" (PDF).
  4. ^ "70 companies with pre-1947 roots". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b Reserve Bank of India. Statistical Tables Relating to Banks in India for the Year 1954. (Bombay).
  6. ^ Baker (1915), p.24.
  7. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/government-unveils-mega-bank-mergers-to-revive-growth-from-5-year-low/articleshow/70911359.cms. Retrieved 30 August 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Writer, Staff (30 August 2019). "10 public sector banks to be merged into four". Mint. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Merged entity of UBI, PNB, OBC to become operational from April 1, 2020". Business Today. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Merged entity of UBI, PNB, OBC to become operational from 1 April next year". Mint. 14 September 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  • Annual Report 2019 [1]
  • Baker, Henry D. (1915) British India: With Notes on Ceylon, Afghanistan, and Tibet. (U.S. Government Printing Office).

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