The Kalyan Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd.has completed more than four decades of dedicated service to the people of Kalyan city and surrounding areas. From a modest beginning in December, 1973, the bank has grown by leaps and bounds in a short span of 40 years with a business mix of over Rs. 2710 crores today. With over 40000 shareholders and a satisfied client base of over 3 lakhs, the Bank is continuously striving to improve quality and set standards in customer service and become a 'Janata' bank in the truest sense.
The history of the bank dates back to the year 1970 when Advocate Bhaurao Sabnis and Shri. Vasantrao Purohit took the initiative, against heavy odds, in founding a bank for the predominantly middle class people of Kalyan. It was around the same time that The Kalyan Peoples' Co Operative Bank had failed leading to severe discontent among the people. Against this background, raising share capital for a bank was an extremely daunting task but their determined and relentless efforts culminated in a modest beginning on 23rd December, 1973 in a 180 sq.ft. office with three employees, share capital of Rs. 50,000/- and deposits of Rs. 80,000/-.
The first ones to be on the Board of Directors of the bank were Shri B.P.Joshi, Dr.P.V.Karkhanis, Advocate Shri Bhaurao Sabnis, Shri V.G.Phadke-Chartered Accountant, Prof.A.P.Pradhan, Shri S.M.Oak, Advocate U.S.Sheikh, Shri N.D.Bhoir, Shri G.S.Kadam, Shri V.H.Purohit, Shri W.D.Sathe among others. The visionary zeal of these pioneers has catapulted the bank into a prominent co operative bank in Maharashtra with a branch network of 26 branches spread across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Satara, Kolhapur and Nashik districts.
The Silver Jubilee of Bank was celebrated by organizing several programmes & assisting various social organizations. It was an year to remember. The silver jubilee celebration began by felicitating Shri. Rambhau Tamhne, who has dedicated his life for the welfare of vanvasi people. Late Shri. Pramod Mahajan honored him by awarding him the 'Sanchalak Puraskar'.
The Governor of Madhya Pradesh Hon. Shri Bhai Mahavir graced the closing ceremony of the silver jubilee year. He awarded Sanchalak Puraskar to Shri. Surendra Vajpayee for his memorable work in the field of education. Some of the events are narrated below :
A three day programme was arranged at Oak bag ground. On the first day, noted flutist Shri. Hariprasad Chaurasia played the flute & the whole atmosphere was charged.
A Sangeet natak (drama) named 'Vasundhara' was performed by group of USA based Indian artists lead by Dr. (Mrs.) Meena Nerurkar.
Third day saw Anil Mohile & party presenting their orchestra to the 2000 + audience. It was an experience to be seen & believed.
Our employees took out a procession from our Syndicate Branch to Main Branch covering main streets of Kalyan. It ended with a torch march from the room where the Bank originated to the Tilak Statue.
A one day workshop for the directors and members of Kokan Nagari Banks Association was organized at Mahavir Hall, Kalyan. The response was very good.
About 40 Bhajan Mandali participated in this competition. It was a multilingual event.
A deposit mobilization was organized on the evening of 14th August 1997 and there was a record collection of Rs. 1.25 crores in just 2 hours, from all 8 branches in Kalyan. The same day at 12 midnight, flag hoisting celebrations at the hands of freedom fighters received a massive response from the people of Kalyan.
As on 31/03/2014 the Bank has 30 branches spread across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane,Pune,Satara,Kolhapur and Nashik districts , all the branches are under CBS and are having ATMs. On 3rd Oct,2009 Satara Merchants Co Operative Bank was merged with our bank thus opening avenues to western Maharashtra.
The Bank is direct member of NDS (Negotiated Dealing System), an electronic platform for dealing in Government Securities . Bank is also offering NEFT/RTGS facilities to its customers through all branches with all branches equipped to process the requests directly, and the amount is remitted to an account with any bank in India within few minutes at very nominal cost. We also intend to offer Internet Banking services to our clients very shortly.
The Reserve Bank of India has recently granted the status of "Authorised Co-Operative Bank" to accept Rupee deposits from NRIs at 28 branches of the Bank. The Govt. of Maharashtra has also granted Stamp Vending License through Franking Machine which is installed at Kala Talao Branch.
The bank is achieving consistent growth in business and profits since inception and is given 'Grade I' status continuously every year by Reserve Bank of India on fulfilling their Capital Adequacy, Profitability, Net NPA, CRR and SLR norms. The year ended on 31/03/2014 is no exception. The Bank has also achieved consistent "A" audit rating during the past 38 years and it achieved "A" audit rating for the financial year ended on 31/03/2014. The net NPAs of the Bank as on 31.03.2014 are 0.00%, Gross NPAs 2.72% and CRAR is 13.01% which is extremely healthy. In January, 2000, the bank earned "Scheduled Bank" status from the Reserve Bank of India. It is a matter of pride for the bank to be honoured with the "Best Urban Co-Operative Bank" award in August, 2003 by Maharashtra Kala Niketan. It was an achievement and important event in the annals of the bank considering that it stood out among 658 other co-operative banks from the State of Maharashtra.
The Bank offers attractive rate of interest on deposits which is marginally higher than that offered by other commercial Banks. In addition, registered Co-operative Housing Societies and senior citizens are entitled to additional interest upto @ 0.50% p.a. and 0.75% per annum respectively.
The Bank has innovative loan schemes like personal loan, home loan, vehicle loan, tourist loan, education loan, business loan etc. to suit individual needs available at competitive interest rates and convenient repayment period. The bank has supported over 12000 entrepreneurs / individuals through various loan schemes to set up ventures and improve their standard of living.
Right from its inception, the Board of Directors of the Bank have maintained the policy of not availing loans from the Bank. It was only recently that the Reserve Bank of India issued this directive but the bank had steadfastly followed this policy.
With the sitting fees payable to the Directors, it has constituted the "Sanchalak Samajseva Puraskar Nidhi" a trust fund from which Rs. 25,000 is awarded each year to distinguished persons from Thane district for their achievement in different fields. In the past this award has been conferred on Shri Nanasaheb Karandikar, Shri Bhagwanrao Joshi, Shri V.A.Buwa, Shri Nanasaheb Phadke,Shri Sadashiv Sathe,Shri Rambhau Tamhane, Shri Surendra Vajpayee, Shri Rambhau Kapse, Shri Dattatraya Mhaiskar, Shri Jaykumar Pathare, Shri Wamanrao Prabhudesai among others.
The Bank is aware of its social obligations and for the past three decades is supporting the institutions, working in social, educational, cultural, medical and sports fields. The bank has provided financial assistance to the tune of over Rs. 50 lakh, during past 3 decades, to about 250 charitable organisations. It has provided financial assistance to set up the Late Rambhau Mhalgi Sabhagriha in Kalyan, Janata Bank Auditorium in Mahila Udyog Mandir and the Late Damu Anna Tokekar Adivasi Hostel at Ambhan, Tal:Palghar. The wards of members are given cash awards every year for meritorious performance in various competitive examinations. Under the "Sabhasad Kalyan Nidhi", all lady members and senior male members above the age of 65 are provided free medical exmanination and financial assistance for medical treatment. The "Karmachari Kalyan Nidhi" takes care of the welfare of the employees by arranging annual get together, excursions, entertainment programmes, sports meet etc. in which all employees participate enthusiastically as one family.
Recently, Bank has undertaken social afforestation project for planting 12500 trees at Mhaskal, near Titwala, project being named 'Sahakari Vanikarn". The project is also assisted by Mahindra Lifespaces and Johnson & Johnson.
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In the end, it can be concluded that the progress of the bank is due to team work of the Bank Family or Bank Parivar. The directors with imagination and initiative lead the cohesive team of employees with brilliance and efficiency, with sincerely and hard work to cater to the needs of co. operative and affectionate customer.
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