You may think they don’t care about serious stuff such as the Budget, but Delhi’s youngsters are totally keyed into economics that impact their lives.
Two days before the finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, announces the 2011-12 budget, we asked 100 youngsters across Delhi, what they want from it. For 22% of those polled, the main point of concern was the price of branded clothes. “I want the prices of branded clothes to go down; it’s very important to the lifestyle of college students,” says Arpita Jerath of Sri Venkateswara College.
A curious request in this category comes from Charu Gupta of IP University, who says, “I demand a cut in prices of lingerie”. Conveyance — oil prices, air fares and auto fares — is second on the list, with 20% votes. “Auto prices should be regulated. Auto drivers loot us on a daily basis,” says Navikaran, a college student. Next on the wishlist is a cut in eating out rates, which got 16% votes. “The taxes we pay after eating out — VAT, service charges — eat away most of our pocket money. I hope they lower these prices!” says Payal Arora of Amity School of Biotechnology. “I want my pizzas and burgers to get cheaper, it’s a matter of survival for us,” says Radhika Abrol of Bhaskar Acharya Rajguru College.
For 14% of the youngsters, cheaper cinema tickets are most important. “The last time, I spent Rs. 300 for a crappy movie, and that really hurt!”, says Shweta Acharya student of DU’s Kamala Nehru College. For the rest, it’s gadgets such as mobile phones and games, cosmetics, cover charges at discotheques, spa treatments and gym rates that they would love to see become cheaper.