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Dvara Analysis Weblog | Unpacking user-centricity of the MFIN Buyer Redress Mechanism (MFIN-CGRM)

Dvara Analysis Weblog | Unpacking user-centricity of the MFIN Buyer Redress Mechanism (MFIN-CGRM)



Anubhutie Singh
Beni Chugh[1]

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MFIN India and Dvara Analysis associate to assemble insights on customers’ expertise of navigating the MFIN-Buyer Grievance Redress Mechanism (MFIN-CGRM). The examine deploys combined strategies — a main survey of over 300 customers, stakeholder interviews and desk analysis to know the user-centricity of the MFIN-CGRM. The idea of user-centricity is anchored in 9 attributes of Accessibility, Seamlessness, Proactive Communication, Price-effectiveness and Timeliness, Private Knowledge Safety, Objectivity, Independence within the Operation of the GRM, Accountability of the GRM and Capability Constructing. These attributes collectively comprise Dvara Analysis’s framework for designing user-centric grievance redress mechanisms.

The examine finds that the MFIN-CGRM demonstrates an incisive understanding of the lived context of its consumer base. That is manifest within the easy, costless, multilingual, toll-free phone-based channels to entry the CGRM. The registration course of seems easy, with out undue procedural issues or the tendency to gather extreme information and accepts complaints no matter how outdated they could be. Most customers report having the ability to register complaints in a single try and few hesitate in airing grievances on account of a backlash for doing so. The place customers are unaware of the process, the MFIN-CGRM expends a sizeable effort in familiarising customers with it. It additionally maintains provisions to fast-track vital complaints. Additional, when grievances towards a specific supplier surge, the CGRM escalates the matter to the Enforcement Committee which can take disciplinary actions towards the supplier. These disciplinary actions are additionally reported to the RBI, over and above the quarterly stories that the MFIN-CGRM furnishes with the RBI. Along with reporting to the RBI, the MFIN-CGRM additionally publishes annual stories within the public area which share metadata on the pattern of grievances and coverage takeaways that floor from their evaluation.

To additional bolster user-centricity, the MFIN-CGRM might contemplate focussing on 5 key features.

First, there seems to be a gender hole within the entry to the CGRM. Even when most MFI clients are girls, most callers are male. This deserves additional investigation. Second, there’s scope to enrich the toll-free phone-based CGRM with prompt message-based channels comparable to WhatsApp. These channels at the moment are embedded within the every day lives of customers and obtain excessive engagement from them. They’ll additionally double up as channels to disseminate info to the customers and elicit suggestions from them. Third, contingent on the decision volumes rising sooner or later, the MFIN-CGRM might contemplate adopting expertise  that may allow it to direct callers to related venues of grievance redress. When callers have to be redirected to the supplier MFI GRM, MFIN might contemplate having the ability to switch them immediately and even auto-escalate the grievance to the RBI-IO on behalf of the consumer. Developments in ODR have led to availability of softwares that provide these functionalities and considerably scale back the burden on the consumer. Fourth, the MFIN-CGRM can higher serve customers by proactively, voluntarily, and well timed speaking with them. At present, all communication barring post-resolution verification calls, is initiated by the consumer. The moment message-based service over SMS or internet-enabled suppliers can show to be efficient on this regard. Lastly, MFIN-CGRM might contemplate speaking its information safety insurance policies extra actively with the consumer and plug gaps in information safety practices. These suggestions are mentioned in appreciable element on this transient. Total, considered use of expertise and social media can improve the user-centricity of the MFIN-CGRM.

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[1] The authors thank Srikara Prasad and Shreya Ravi for his or her contributions to the challenge and its associated analysis.

Cite this report:


Singh, A., & Chugh, B. (2023). Unpacking user-centricity of the MFIN Buyer Redress Mechanism (MFIN-CGRM). Retrieved from Dvara Analysis.


Singh, Anubhutie and Beni Chugh. “Unpacking user-centricity of the MFIN Buyer Redress Mechanism (MFIN-CGRM).” 2023. Dvara Analysis.


Singh, Anubhutie, and Beni Chugh. 2023. “Unpacking user-centricity of the MFIN Buyer Redress Mechanism (MFIN-CGRM).” Dvara Analysis.



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