Ministry sources told FE that Mr Dhindsa has asked disinvestment minister Arun Shourie to defer sale of 51 per cent government stake in National Fertiliser Limited (NFL), as it is a profitable public sector company.
It is learnt that Mr Dhindsa also shot off a letter to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee a few days ago requesting him to defer the sell off move in the public sector unit which is the second largest fertiliser producer after Indian Farmers Fertilisers Co-operative (Iffc-o). Mr Dhindsa even aired his point of view in public. Inaugurating the 29th foundation day function of NFL on Thursday asserting, he said: I will make all efforts to prevent its immediate sale as long as I am in the government.
When contacted Mr Dhindsa said, I have spoken to Mr Shourie on the issue and even written a letter to Prime Minister. However, he refused to divulge details.