Ladies clubs of the city known for their monthly themed parties, kitties and much more have also not been spared by the demonetisation move. They have been foisted to call off or postpone their get-togethers till end of this year, but on the other hand, a majority of them feel this move has taught them several lessons.
Sharda Sharma, a member of three different ladies clubs, who also runs Raagni ladies club since 2003, said, “Ever since banknotes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were scrapped by the government, almost all the parties got cancelled or postponed till January. This is because most of the clubs here deal in cash but we are now planning that we must encourage the use of cards for payments. Had we avoided the culture of using cash, we would not have been affected. On top of that, I must say that post demonetisation decision, everyone is spending less. I feel Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taught us a lesson that we can also manage our life with less money.”
Similarly, Neena Jain, a member of Geetanjali ladies club, added, “It is sad that till December end there are no meetings at all and before the demonetisation, we used to have special theme parties every month. Now, we are struggling for cash which is not easily available from the banks and if we do have it, we focus more on using it for other daily needs. However, most of the members have now decided to push the use of credit cards whenever we continue with our regular meetings.”
Ravneet Kaur, who is a member of about four kitties in the town, shared that till cash crunch gets over, no one will be motivated to take out money for monthly kitties and added that all four kitties have been cancelled till mid-January by the members unanimously.
We are not affected: Lakshmi ladies club
Lakshmi ladies club has claimed that this move has not affected them at all. The club has a culture of making all payments through plastic money and bank accounts which is why their get-togethers are happening as per their schedules. One of them on hair care tips was organised just last Saturday at a city-based hotel and has another meeting in the coming days in its usual hue. One of its chairpersons Rajni Bector said, “Luckily, we used cards and bank accounts for any payments and stayed away from cash which helped us to carry our meetings and parties as per our regular schedules.”