While moving an adjournment notice on the trapped miners in East Jaintia Hills district, the minister accidentally said Mizoram instead of Meghalaya.
"There was a need to rescue the miners trapped in Mizoram," the minister said.
Meanwhile, the minister on Friday said that he was quite sure that most of the miners, trapped inside the rat-hole mine in Meghalaya, have died.
"I’m very sure most people have died, I came to know from local people that there is no chance of people there, those who survive, they run away since the mining was illegal", he said.
"Earlier, the Central govt did not take seriously in sending the pumps, I hope with the new pumps coming they will be able to pump water, it will take minimum 2-3 days then we will be able to retrieve the bodies", he added.
Congress' Shillong MP Vincent H Pala on #MeghalayaMiners: Earlier the Central govt did not take seriously in sending the pumps, I hope with the new pumps coming they will be able to pump water, it will take minimum 2-3 days then we will be able to retrieve the bodies. https://t.co/QUnJYRhi4I
The miners have been trapped since December 13 inside an illegal mine that has been flooded in Meghalaya amid dwindling hopes of finding them alive.
The Indian Air Force on Friday ordered one of its transport planes to carry high-power pumps from Odisha for the aid of 15 miners who are trapped.
Rescue teams are posed with a challenge of clearing the water in the area first, subsequently proceeding with the rescue operation in the vertical mine shaft which will require the team to dig tunnels into the ground.