Hailakandi district (Bengali: হাইলাকান্দি জেলা) is one of the 27 districts of Assam state in north-eastern India. It was constituted as a civil subdivision on 1 June 1869. Subsequently, it was upgraded to district in 1989, when it was split from Cachar district. As of 2011 it is the third least populous district of Assam, after Dima Hasao and Chirang. Hailakandi district occupies an area of 1,327 square kilometres. Out of this, more than 50% is reserve forest. The district has got 17 tea gardens. In 2006 the Indian government named Hailakandi as one of the country’s 250 most backward districts.It is one of the eleven districts in Assam currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).
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