Call for developing multilingual payment apps

At present, not all official languages are offered as language options on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) payment applications.

Published: 25th June 2019 04:37 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th June 2019 04:37 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) faculty-led Mobile Payment Forum of India (MPFI) has called for developing multilingual payment applications, customer support and grievance redressal, in multiple Indian languages, said a statement from the Institute.
According to the statement, it is a crucial component to increase inclusiveness and the reach of mobile and digital payments in the country. At present, not all official languages are offered as language options on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) payment applications.

MPFI played an early and key role in developing inter-operability and security standards for the Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) and later, the UPI, submitted these recommendations to Nandan Nilekani, Chairman, Reserve Bank of India Committee, on the deepening of digital payments.
IIT-M faculty Gaurav Raina was elected as the Chairman of MPFI, which is a joint initiative of Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology, Hyderabad, and the Rural Technology Business Incubator, IIT Madras. Started in 2006, MPFI’s mission is to enable mobile payments and mobile-based financial services for everyone in India.

Highlighting the important aspects of recommendations made to the RBI, Raina said, "The MPFI recommendations considered three broad perspectives for strengthening the digital payments space, and adding confidence and trust in the consumer, including: user and merchant perspective, regulation, methods and processes, and standards for transactions, via channels like SMS.”       

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