Centre studying report on troop cut in J

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Srinagar, Oct 27 (UNI) The Centre today said it was studying a report submitted by a high-powered committee appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to examine the possibility of relocation and reduction of troops in Jammu and Kashmir Defence Minister A K Antony said the high-powered committee, headed by the Defence Secretary, has submitted its report with recommendations.

He was talking to journalists after inaugurating the silver jubilee celebrations of the Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports at the world famous tourist resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here.

''The Committee has submitted its report. The government is studying it and assessing the situation,'' Mr Antony said.

However, the Defence Minister said the infiltration from across the border into Jammu and Kashmir continued unabated.

''The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is fast improving. But as long as the militancy exists in the state and the ultras get support from across the border, problems will continue,'' he added.

About steps to be taken for improving relations with Pakistan, he said India was making sincere efforts to improve its relations with all its neighbours, including China.

Terming a cause of concern the increased incidents of suicide among the Armed Forces personnel, Mr Antony claimed that the number of such cases have come down in the recent past.

The Defence Minister said his aim was to bring to zero the level of suicide rate among the security forces.


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