Is CDSL Government owned?

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CDSL is not a Government-owned company. It is a publicly traded and professionally managed company who is authorised by the Government of India to offer depository services in India

CDSL was promoted by the Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd (BSE Ltd) in February 1999. The company was listed at NSE in 2017 through IPO.

CDSL Shareholdings (As of Dec 2020)

  • Promoters: 20%
  • FII: 6.1%
  • DII: 36.6%
  • Public: 37.3%

The Government of India has authorized only two depositories to hold financial securities (like shares, bonds, mutual funds) on behalf of investors. They are;

  1. Central Depository Services (India) Limited (CDSL) and
  2. National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL)


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