‘Rs 34.30 lakh has been misused by Forest department’

SHILLONG, Feb 22: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), EM in-charge Forest, Grace M Kharpuri today said an amount of Rs 34.30 lakh has been misused by the forest department of the council. According to her a council staff Franklin Kymdiet, who is the forest chowkidar at Umtham plantation, was involved in the act who has now been put under suspension and place under an independent inquiry by Joint Secretary, DG Syiemiong. When asked if this amount will be recovered, Kharpuri said she is now seeking legal opinion and that the amount will be recovered.