Jammu: Patting the security establishment for the dip in terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday pushed for vigorous pursuance of terror funding cases in the state.

The terror funding cases were discussed in a high-level security meeting chaired by Chidambaram and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here.

Other issues like security and law and order situation including measures for summer and Amarnath Yatra, rehabilitation of former militants, mechanism of return and rehabilitation of youths of J&K and employment generation were also discussed,

There was presentation of reports on the all the issues which were thoroughly discussed in the meeting, a senior official said.

The Union Home Minister praised the security establishment for the dip in terrorism in J&K and asked the authorities to ensure that terror funding cases are pursued vigorously.

The issue of troops’ reduction also came up for discussion in view of the improvement of the security situation and Chidambaram indicated that it will take place gradually.

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) issue was not discussed in the meeting.

However, Chidambaram, who reviewed the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir accompanied by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during his day-long visit, told reporters his ministry has sought amendments in AFSPA which were pending before the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).

"Ministry of Home Affairs has proposed three amendments in AFSPA. They are under consideration of CCS," he said here but did not elaborate on the nature of the amendments.

On the report of the Centre's interlocutors on Kashmir, he said it would be made public after Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) considers it

"Interlocutors' report, as I said in Delhi, will be made public after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has considered the matter", Chidambaram said.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has pitched for making the report public, holding debate on it and thereafter implementing the recommendations.

The meeting reviewed various measures on anti-militancy front, such as cross-border infiltration, synergy between various security agencies and anti-militancy operations.

Among those present were Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and Minister of State for Home Nasir Aslam Wani. Senior officials from security forces, police and intelligence agencies including Chief Secretary Madav Lal, DGP Kuldeep Khoda, Home Commissioner B R Sharma, Union Joint Secretary K Skandan also participated in the meeting.

Earlier in the day, the Home Minister paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi in Trikuta hills in Reasi district. Chidambaram, who arrived this morning from New Delhi, flew to Vaishnodevi shrine amid tight.

Expressing happiness over the law and order situation in the state, DGP Kuldeep Khoda said, "This year militancy related incidents have decreased. In the first three months of 2012, 26 militancy related incidents took place as compared to 48 incidents last year during the same period, showing 45 per cent overall decrease."

Civilian killings have decreased by 50 percent and there has been no killing of security personnel so far this year as compared to last year's figure of three jawans killed between January to March, the DGP said.

Security management and socio-economic development of Jammu and Kashmir are some of the issues that figured prominently on Tuesday at the meeting Chidambaram had with Governor Vohra and Omar at Raj Bhavan here.

During their hour-long luncheon meeting, the leaders also discussed measures taken for empowerment of Panchayati Raj institutions and the upcoming elections to urban local bodies in the state, officials said.

The AFSPA issue did not figure at the high level meeting chaired by Chidambaram and Abdullah to review the situation in the state, an official said.

However, Omar is understood to have discussed the issue with Chidambaram during his meeting with the Union Home Minister, sources said.

(Agencies)