Online Consumer Mediation Centre inaugurated at NLSIU, Bengaluru

Online Consumer Mediation Centre (OCMC), National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, was  inaugurated on the National Consumer Rights Day on 24th December, 2016 by Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Hon’ble Minister, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India Shri C.R. Chaudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food And Public Distribution, Government of India, Shri Hem Pande, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Government of India (GoI) and Hon’ble Justice Shri D.K. Jain, President, National Consumers Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

Understanding the need for non-adversarial conflict resolution in consumer disputes, the Chair on Consumer Law and Practice at National Law School of India University had for the first time in India, disembarked on a mission of setting up an Online Consumer Mediation Centre. The initiative has been whole-heartedly supported by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India, both in words and action. The Mediation Centre has developed an online platform with motto ‘Anytime Anywhere Dispute Resolution’ that ensures confidentiality and privacy at every stage of the online mediation. A dedicated website is designed to provide a user-friendly, transparent and secure online mediation process. An advisory committee is set up at the mediation centre to assist the OCMCCentre at every stage of development and appointment of expert mediators to the panel, from among those with professional and technical experience in different fields. The Centre has been advocating for quick and amicable settlement for both the consumers and businesses to preserve the relationship and trust between them which is the main agenda of the Centre. As a pilot programme, the Centre is confined to mediation services for consumer disputes in e-commerce only. The Centre runs with the vision to provide for an innovative online mediation tool that affords consumers better access to justice through quick and easy redressal mechanism and at the same time provide opportunity for businesses to maintain good customer relations. The mission of the Centre is to provide innovative technology for consumers and organisations to manage and resolve conflicts and to propel online mediation as a first choice to resolving consumer disputes. The values include Easy accessibility, Security, Confidentiality, Cost-effective, Neutrality and Integrity.

BENEFITS TO CONSUMERS  

  • Anytime – 24×7 any day
  • Easy accessibility – Online
  • Security – No threat or risk
  • Low cost – Only registration fee
  • Time efficient – No delays

BENEFITS TO BUSINESS 

  • Low cost – Reduce resolution overhead
  • Satisfied customers – Repeat business
  • Confidentiality – No 3rd party or media
  • Scalable – Low-cost via internet cloud
  • Neutrality – No preference, win-win

Contact for further details:

Prof. (Dr.) Ashok R. Patil

Director

Online Consumer Mediation Centre

National Law School of India University

Nagarbhavi, Bengaluru 560072, India

Email: ocmc@nls.ac.in

Website: www.onlinemediationcenter.ac.in

For more information about the Centre, please watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFNU4SezyDM&t=7s 

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