Government is making efforts to rescue miners: Meghalaya CM

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The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma, refuted Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s jibe on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over 15 labourers trapped in a coal mine, saying the State government is making efforts to rescue them.

In a sharp attack against Modi, Rahul Gandhi said 15 labourers trapped in the mine in Meghalaya since December 13 struggled for air while he strutted about on Assam’s Bogibeel Bridge posing for cameras.

Notably, the Prime Minister inaugurated the bridge on Brahmaputra river on Tuesday.

Gandhi also urged Modi to organise high pressure pumps for the rescue of the miners over media reports that the operation to rescue them is hampered by lack of equipment.

Meghalaya CM Sangma on Wednesday without mentioning Gandhi’s comment, said there is no inaction and that the administration and the NDRF had really worked hard to trace the miners, but, unfortunately, the operation did not yield any result.

“So far, 12 lakh litres of water has been pumped out of the mine, but it seems the whole river has gushed into the pit. Getting high-powered pumps and transporting them to the site of the mishap is not an easy task, said Sangma.

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