The Wipro Limited, Wipro Enterprises Limited and Ajim Premji Foundation on April 1st, 2020, announced financial assistance of Rs 1125 crore for combating the spread of COVID-19 that has claimed 45 lives in India so far.
Of the Rs 1125 crore, Wipro Ltd’s commitment is Rs 100 crore, Wipro Enterprises Ltd’s is Rs 25 crore and that of the Azim Premji Foundation is Rs 1000 crore. These sums are in addition to the annual CSR activities of Wipro, and the usual philanthropic spends of the Azim Premji Foundation.
“These resources will help enable the dedicated medical and service fraternity in the frontline of the battle against the pandemic and in mitigating its wide-ranging human impact, particularly on the most disadvantaged of our society,” a press communiqué stated.
The communiqué further stated that integrated actions will be taken for a comprehensive on-the-ground response in specific geographies, focused on immediate humanitarian aid and augmentation of healthcare capacity, including containing the COVID-19 outbreak and treating those affected by it.
A 1600-men team of the Azim Premji Foundation will execute the responses in collaboration with many of its over 350 strong civil society partners, who have a deep presence across the country.
COVID-19 pandemic has infected 1637 people and claimed 45 lives in India so far while it infected 8,74,615 people globally and claimed 43,430 lives.
The Tatas on March 28th, 2020, pledged Rs 1,500 crore for combating coronavirus pandemic. Tata Sons, the holding firm of the Tata group companies, announced an additional Rs 1,000 crore support towards COVID-19 and related activities over and above Rs 500 crore pledged by Tata Trusts.