A total sum of Rs 1,125 crore are said to be given by Wipro Ltd, Wipro Enterprises Ltd and Azim Premji Foundation towards tackling the unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis arising from the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Of the Rs 1,125 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 1,000 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,” they said .
Integrated action 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.
These responses will be carefully coordinated with relevant government institutions and executed by the Azim Premji Foundation’s 1,600-person team in collaboration with many of its over 350 strong civil society partners who have a deep presence across the country.
“These efforts will fully leverage the technology expertise, sourcing systems, infrastructure and distribution reach of Wipro,” according to an official statement.