The State Bank of India traces its origin from the Bank of Calcutta which was founded in 1806, making it oldest commercial bank in the Indian Sub continent. Subsequently, Bank of Madras merged with other Presidency Banks in British India, Bank of Calcutta and Bank of Bombay to form Imperial Bank of India, which in turn became State Bank of India in 1955.
SBI observes the 1st of July as foundation day every year. This time, two eminent personalities namely Dipa Karmakar and Anshu Jamsenpa from the Northeast were felicitated by SBI Chairman, Arundhati Bhattacharjee in the presence of other dignitaries at SBI’s Corporate Office, Mumbai. Dipa Karmakar from Tripura is first Indian gymnast who qualified for the vault final during Summer Olympic 2016 and Anshu Jamsenpa, a mountaineer from Arunachal Pradesh set the world record in double ascent in Everest climbing. SBI was the main sponsor towards Anshu’s world record attempt.
SBI’s North Eastern Circle, also celebrated its foundation day on 1st July. The celebration started with bank employees reciting the pledge followed by an art competition amongst the wards of the employees in the morning at its local head office. In the evening, a function was organised at Srimanta Sankardeva International Auditorium, Panjabari, Guwahati with Chandra Mahon Patowary, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Transport, Industry & Commerce, Govt of Assam as the Chief Guest.
7 eminent personalities were felicitated namely Panchali Bhattacharjee, Tripura; Dr Ravi Kannan, Cachar Cancer Hospital, Silchar; Imchawati Kichu, Nagaland; Jadav Payeng, Jorhat; Pabitra Rabha, Tangla, Assam; Bishnu Khargaria, Film Actor, Moran, Assam; Laimwn Narzary, Sports Personality Kokrajhar along with 2 entrepreneurs Anil Mutha, Tripura, and Abhijit Barooah, Guwahati. The bank also made donations under CSR to 4 NGOs namely Mission Smile, Guwahati Lion’s Eye Hospital, International Vedanta Society of Guwahati and Arunachal Vikash Parishad from Itanagar. The cultural night ended with a fascinating performance by singer Zubilee, besides other enthralling performances.
The programme was attended by PVSLN Murty, Chief General Manager, Digmanu Gupta, O P Mishra, General Managers, SBI North Eastern Circle along with other senior government officials, employees with their families besides customers.
‘SBI’s role is exemplary, we appreciate SBI for its dedication in financial inclusion, economic growth of the region,’ said Chandra Mahon Patwary. He also urged SBI to contribute in strengthening the rural economy of the State.