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Wipro’s Azim Premji Donates Rs 22 Crore/ Day; Emerges As Most Generous Indian

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Mumbai: The founder-chairman of Wipro Azim Premji topped the list of philanthropists in India for 2020 by donating Rs 7,904 crore. He donated Rs 22 crore per day.

“On 1 April, Azim Premji Foundation, Wipro, and Wipro Enterprises have committed Rs 1,125 crore towards tackling the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. These are in addition to the annual CSR activities of Wipro, and the usual philanthropic spending of the Azim Premji Foundation,” according to EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2020.

“Azim Premji is a role model for Indian philanthropy and is continuing to inspire other entrepreneurs into giving”, said Anas Rahman Junaid, managing director and chief researcher, Hurun India.

HCL Technologies’ Shiv Nadar came second in the list. Nadar donated Rs 795 crore for charitable causes.

Mukesh Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd and Asia’s richest man, maintained the third spot by donating Rs 458 crore.

“On 30 March 2020, Reliance Industries announced a donation of Rs 500 crore to the PM CARES Fund and Rs 5 crore each to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund of Maharashtra and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund of Gujarat to support their fights against the COVID-19,” the report said.

Hurun India and EdelGive on Tuesday released the EdelGive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2020. “EdelGive Foundation has partnered with Hurun India towards creating this report to understand philanthropic giving in the country from a data and evidence point of view,” Hurun India said.

Donations were measured by the value of their cash or cash equivalents from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

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