Patna: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of taking all possible measures with regard to putting off the auction of the watch originally owned by former president Rajendra Prasad.

"I refer to your (Nitish's) letter regarding the proposed auction of a Rolex gold watch originally owned by Rajendra Prasad... I share the concerns you have expressed," Singh in a letter, released to press here on Wednesday, said.

"It has been brought to my notice earlier and I had asked the ministries concerned to take appropriate steps," Prime Minister said adding the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of External Affairs have taken action and succeeded in putting off the auction of the watch which was proposed to be held on November 13, 2011.

Singh said he had asked the both the ministries to pursue the matter and be in touch with the family of Rajendra Prasad.

"Therefore, I assure you that Centre will take all possible measures in this regard," he added.

(Agencies)