Assam the gateway to north eastern states has an unusually rich
diversity of ethnic groups, languages, religions, climates and
landscapes. It is surrounded by highlands and plateaus on three
sides except the western part where the Brahmaputra Valley merges
with the Gangetic Plain. Its total area is 78438 sq. km located in
23 districts with a total population of 26,655,528.
It is an amalgamation of plains and river valleys. Its
principal geographical regions are: Brahmaputra Valley in the
north; the Barak Plain in the south; and the Mikir and Cachar Hills
that divide the two regions
Assam is a land of Aryan & Non-Aryan, numerous tribes
& sub-tribes, Mongoloids & Australoids and many more
communities of the ancient origin. The culture of Assam is a blend
of tradition, lifestyle, faith, belief and religions. Assam's
culture is infused with the yarns of fairs and festivals, dance and
music, languages, arts and crafts and delicious cuisines.
Census 2001 reports that Assam has 82,289 slum populations
where 43,472 are male & 38, 817 are females. In Assam, we
initiated the slum up gradation initiative and covered 30 cities.
Some of the key cities include: