SHILLONG | Dec 17, 2018:
The Meghalaya Government has requested the Centre to depute more professionals from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to help in the rescue operations of the 13 miners who are trapped in the coal mine in East Jaintia Hills.
“I had spoken to the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju to depute more professionals to help in the rescue operations of the trapped miners. We have also asked the Centre to provide the State with the best of equipment from the NDRF to utilize in the rescue operations,” Chief Minister Conrad told media persons here today.
He also said that people from all over had come to join and rescue the trapped miners.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister admitted that they are facing a very difficult situation since they are not able to bring down the water level which will allow the divers from the NDRF to start the search operations of the trapped miners.
“Water is being pumped out continuously. We are bringing more pumps and till now they have not been able to bring down the level to allow the divers to go inside the mine,” Conrad said.
He, however, stated that the State Government will make all possible efforts to save the life of the trapped miners.
ON THE ISSUE OF ILLEGAL COAL MINING
Chief Minister still maintained that there is no illegal mining even as asserting that the Government will take strict action against people who are involved in the illegal coal mining.
“I want to make it very clear that there is no question of illegal process of mining going on anywhere in the State. The Government will not allow any illegal mining of coal,” Conrad further stated
The Chief Minister, however, admitted that there are cases where people are involved in illegal coal mining.
“It is difficult for the police to keep a tab on the illegal mining which is going on since State and the region is too big. It is next to impossible even for police personnel to find out each and every cases of illegal mining which are going on,” he said.
He, however, asserted that whenever complaint is there about illegal mining, the police have taken action.
“The illegal mining carried out by individuals are taking place which are far from the main road and it is impossible for the Government to keep a tab. But we will take strict action if any particular individual is caught for doing illegal mining,” he said.