City youths brace for subdued New ear celebrations: Survey

BHOPAL: Over half of the young people in the city are likely to welcome the New ear by staying at home due to various reasons including lack of safety and security, traffic jams, grim financial condition, lack of job security, growing inflation, cold temperature among others, according to a recently concluded ASSOCHAM survey.

City youths brace for subdued New ear celebrations: Survey

” About 45 per cent of young people in the state capital are planning to go out and party with friends and relatives, while most of these have planned to celebrate the New ear’s eve locally without splurging too much money,” highlighted a survey conducted by the Social Development Foundation of The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India ( ASSOCHAM).

With a view to gauge the mood of the people and their plans to kickoff 2014, the ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation interacted with about 200 college going students, young corporate executives and people engaged in various professions including individuals and couples in the age group of 18- 30 years comprising equal number of men and women during past two months October- November.

About 55 per cent respondents in the city said that they are planning to stay at home on December 31 and majority of them said that they had been traditionally welcoming the New ear in the past partying away with friends, highlighted the ASSOCHAM survey.

” About 110 of those surveyed said that they are going to stay off the dance floor this New ear’s Eve as many of them are planning to ring- in 2014 staying at home and have no plans to go out for parties at hotels, clubs, pubs and other such places arranging special events on the New ear’s Eve.” ” There is a lack of enthusiasm, inspiration and motivation amid young people as majority of them plans to forgo the traditional New ear celebrations of going out and partying,” said DS Rawat, national secretary general of ASSOCHAM while releasing the findings of the chamber’s survey.

” Financial woes owing to rising inflation was the prime reason for people to refrain from New ear celebrations followed by job security related concerns, rampant traffic jams, need for sound sleep, cold temperature and many of these comprised women who cited safety related issues for not attending New ear parties,” highlighted the ASSOCHAM survey.

Majority of those staying home this 31st December said that they have planned to host a low- key gathering with a few close friends, family and relatives in the comfort of their home.

Of the total, about 90 respondents said that they have made prior plans to go out for celebrating the New ear with friends and relatives, though, majority ( 75 respondents) of these said that they would be going out for dinner parties with family or friends within the city itself. Many of these said they will go to a party at someone else’s place, noted the ASSOCHAM survey.

While most of the remaining respondents said that they have plans to usher- in the New ear at local hill station and nearby tourist hot- spots, whereas only about 10 of these said they would be travelling overseas, the survey pointed out.

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