The Meghalaya government has expressed its concern, over time running out to save the lives of men trapped in the flooded mines of Jaintia Hills, which had been operating illegally. Divers have been searching for the miners since over 15 days.
As per the ‘National Disaster Response Force’, this operation to rescue people trapped inside a “rat hole” coal mine in Meghalaya has been one of the most challenging tasks they have ever seen.
This incident has raised questions, over the lack of sensitivity shown by the Indian government to the men trapped in the mines of Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, in sharp contrast to over-the-top concern shown for the football team trapped at a cave in Thailand in June this year.
Talking about the recent #ThaiCave rescue operation that drew intense global interest, PM @narendramodi lavishes praise on the exemplary commitment of all stakeholders.#MannKiBaat pic.twitter.com/vsmcFPxH6t
— Doordarshan National (@DDNational) July 29, 2018
The Indian Embassy had immediately recommended the services of the Kirloskar Brothers’ Limited, who held expertise in dewatering, to the Thai authorities. Experts from the Pune-based firm were on site since 5th July, and offered technical support on dewatering and pumps involved in the rescue operation.
Addressing the nation through the 46th edition of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the sense of responsibility displayed during the entire operation was amazing.
He had also lauded the efforts of the rescuers and the authorities in the operation, saying:
“Everyone got involved in the rescue mission like a team.”
At each level, the sense of responsibility displayed in #ThaiCaveRescue mission was amazing. Everyone got involved in the rescue of 12 young football players and their coach in #ThaiCave like a team. Everyone’s restrained behavior is a lesson for all: PM Modi #MannKiBaat pic.twitter.com/6TXRakrHoi
— Doordarshan News (@DDNewsLive) July 29, 2018
Adding further he said:
“Government, parents, media, countrymen everyone displayed extraordinary patience. The restrained behaviour, is a lesson for all. Wonders happen when entire humanity comes together.”
— Bhagwant Bishnoi (@AmbBishnoi) July 2, 2018
However, this time around, a similar human tragedy within our own country has failed to evoke the conscience of neither the Prime Minister nor many of us Indians.
Thank you Ambassador Bishnoi. Thank you India. pic.twitter.com/udTmpUYebb
— Ambassador Sam (@Chutintorn_Sam) July 3, 2018
The Centre confirmed, only a few days ago, of sending professional divers and equipment to Meghalaya to help trace and retrieve miners trapped inside a coal mine in Ksan village of the state’s East Jaintia Hills district.
Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma told Hindustan Times, that water levels were not receding and the pressure was still very powerful, hampering efforts by divers and personnel on the seventh day in their bid to rescue at least 13 people, who are feared dead.
Many who tweeted cheering the rescue of the little boys in Thailand, seem to be far from reality when it came to their own country’s people.
Great coordinated rescue efforts. Hope and pray all of them come out safe. #ThailandCaveSearch Thailand cave rescue live updates: Four members of Thai football team rescued from cave https://t.co/wwQF1oVaWq
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) July 8, 2018
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) July 10, 2018
— Rajeev Chandrasekhar 🇮🇳 (@rajeev_mp) July 18, 2018
Its a matter of pride for all Indians that an Indian Co #KirloskarBros n Govt of India played a pivotal role in the rescue of football team from a cave in Thailand.
Its a pity that the Indian media instead of rejoicing has maintained an ominous silent of Indian involvement. pic.twitter.com/wWQEJSmxdg
— Naina 🇮🇳 (@NaIna0806) July 12, 2018
See the sort of risks the British divers are taking to reach the Thai children. You can imagine how dangerous it is for the kids to come out through the same route. #thaicaverescue #ThamLuang #Thailandcave #ThaiCave #ThailandCaveRescue #ThaiCaveRescue live pic.twitter.com/q3fwHuJFv3
— Sanjay Mahawar (@skmahawar) July 10, 2018
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