On 24th September, 2021, Dun & Bradstreet hosted a grand virtual conference titled India's Top PSUs 2021 amid much fanfare. The event, with the central theme 'Building Resilience and Modernizing India@75 & Beyond’ featured keynote addresses by eminent dignitaries and the presentation of PSU Awards 2021. The event also featured the digital launch of the publication India's Top PSUs 2021. The event was graced by Chief Guest Dr. Bhagwat Karad, Honorable Minister of State for Finance, Government of India and Special Guest Shri Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Secretary - Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India.

Since 2008, Dun & Bradstreet has been compiling the India's Top PSUs publication annually. The publication is Dun & Bradstreet’s tribute to Public sector undertakings (PSUs), which have been playing a key role in India’s socio-economic development during both, the pre as well as post-independence eras. Over the years, the publication has built a reputation of being among the most credible and comprehensive compendiums on India’s PSU sector and its leading companies.


The virtual event will be attended by dignitaries from the Government of India its Ministries, departments and allied agencies, CXOs and other senior representatives of Central and State Public Sector Enterprises and public sector banks and financial institutions, FIIs, consultancy firms and stock exchanges, among others. The event will serve as a great platform to gain useful insights from thought leaders and business leaders.

Theme – Building Resilience and Modernizing India@75 & Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely dented India’s growth story and led to a situation of low demand, low consumption, and therefore, low investment. The Government has already introduced several reforms aimed at providing more liquidity in the hands of businesses and the masses. Indian PSUs can play the critical role of setting the Government’s mission in motion, by boosting investment, providing employment, contributing to the government exchequer through taxes and dividend, supporting MSMEs, contributing to exports and being ambassadors of corporate governance. India now has the opportunity to build a more resilient and future-ready economy on the foundation of futuristic infrastructure, digital transformation, sustainable & responsible growth, a skilled workforce and innovation. As India approaches a milestone of 75 years of Independence, Indian PSUs can play a critical role in reinforcing the economy by focusing on building resilience and on modernizing systems, processes and approaches.

With this context, the theme for the India’s Top PSUs 2021 event was ‘Building Resilience and Modernizing India@75 & Beyond’.

Key Speakers

Shri. Tarun Kapoor, IAS
Secretary - Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
Government of India

Dr. Bhagwat K. Karad
Honorable Minister
of State for Finance
Government of India

Mr. Avinash Gupta
Managing Director & CEO - India
Dun & Bradstreet

About the Publication - ‘India’s Top PSUs 2021’

The publication, India’s Top PSUs 2021 is an endeavour to recognize the important role that PSUs have played in nation building. The publication, now in its 13th edition, lists and profiles Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) which are a part of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) list,  scheduled commercial banks (SCBs) from the public sector, public sector insurance companies, public sector NBFCs/financial institutions and special government institutions incorporated under specific government acts. Companies engaged only in business for profit and which have reported a standalone total income of Rs 250 mn during FY20 were featured.

The publication was circulated amongst PSUs – central and state, including public sector financial institutions, various ministries and departments of the Government, banks and leading corporates in India and abroad. There was also an extensive digital campaign to promote and circulate the publication. Furthermore, the publication is also hosted on the Dun & Bradstreet website for download.

The publication will feature:

  • Profiles of India’s Top PSUs with key financial parameters such as total income and profitability, among others
  • Listing of leading Central Public Sector Enterprises (based on the DPE list) and public sector banks, NBFCs, financial institutions and insurance companies
  • Listing of State PSUs (based on working PSUs list furnished by CAG and state government annual reports)
  • Overviews section providing in-depth analysis on CPSEs
  • Success stories, case studies, and interviews of PSUs, showcasing their successful implementation of Government programs, initiatives and programs, initiatives to help the country deal with the pandemic situation and ESG initiatives, among others

About the Awards - ‘PSU Awards 2021’

The Dun & Bradstreet PSU Awards is an endeavour to acknowledge and recognize PSUs for their role as key contributors in India's economic growth story and resilience. Over the years, these awards have gained a reputation as one of the most credible awards pertaining to the public sector.

The PSU Awards 2021 were presented in a virtual format for the first time ever. The awards were presented across 25 categories, including sectoral performance, growth performance and theme-based categories.

Furthermore, there were four Special Felicitations presented to Government Departments and Authorities for the successful implementation of ground-breaking Government schemes and initiatives in recent times.

Sr. No. Award Category Award Winners
Sector Awards
1 Coal Northern Coalfields Limited
2 Contract & Construction And Tech. Consultancy Services Rail Vikas Nigam Limited
3 Crude Oil Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
4 Fertilizers Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited 
5 Heavy & Medium Engineering Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
6 Hotel and Tourist Services Indian Railway Catering and
Tourism Corporation Limited
7 Petroleum (Refinery & Marketing) Indian Oil Corporation Limited
8 Power Generation NTPC Limited
9 Power Transmission Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
10 Steel Steel Authority of India Limited
11 Telecommunication & Information Technology RailTel Corporation of India Limited
12 Banks State Bank of India
13 Life Insurance Life Insurance Corporation of India
14 General Insurance The New India Assurance Company Limited
15 Financial Services Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited
Growth Performance Awards
16 Contract & Construction And Tech. Consultancy Services Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited
17 Financial Services Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited
18 Heavy & Medium Engineering Cochin Shipyard Limited
19 Power Generation Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited
Overall Awards
20 Best Maharatna NTPC Limited
21 Best Navratna Power Finance Corporation Limited
22 Best Miniratna Indian Railway Finance Corporation Limited
Theme-Based  Awards
23 Best Export Performance Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
24 Public Procurement from MSEs Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited
25 Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives NMDC Limited 
Special Felicitation Awards
26 Public Infrastructure and Service Modernization Indian Railways
27 E-Governance Solutions for Public Procurement GeM Portal
GeM SPV, Ministry of Commerce and Industry
28 E-Governance Solutions for Unified Access to Government Services UMANG Application
National E-Governance Division, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology 
29 Digital Initiative for Public Health CoWIN Application
National Health Authority, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare


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