The Haryana government has terminated its PR contract with Concept PR on the grounds of non-performance. The one-year contract has been scrapped two months prior to its expiry in June this year.
The termination of the contract also coincides with the exit of Concept PR President Sanjey Roy.
Concept PR had bagged the contract in June 2006 at a monthly fee of Rs 4.5 lakh after it pipped Grey Worldwide and PerceptH, the other two agencies short-listed by the high powered committee of the Haryana government headed by Haryana Chief Minister, Bhoopinder Singh Hooda.
The contract was aimed at building and selling brand Haryana to the Indian and international community, besides doing image building of the CM in coordination with the PR department of Haryana government. As per the agreement, the contract was to be reviewed every three months based on performance.
Confirming the termination of Concept PR’s contract, Rajeev Sharma, Director-Public Relations, Haryana government, said, “The contract has been terminated strictly on the basis of non-performance. Concept PR lacked proper coordination with our PR department. They failed to put in place dedicated resources in Chandigarh and Delhi. All this adversly affected the functioning.”
A top source at Concept PR, on condition of anonymity, admitted there was a lack of coordination between the agency and the PR department of the state government. “The resentment in the PR department against us and the differences among the bureaucracy, the CM’s aides and the PR department functionaries affected our working.”
Meanwhile, according to Sharma, following the termination of the contract, no decision has been taken so far about hiring a new PR agency.