Districts of Assam
is divided into 27 administrative districts. More than half of these
districts were carved out during 80s and 90s from original 1.
Lakhimpur, 2. Jorhat, 3. Karbi Anglong, 4. Darrang, 5. Nagaon, 6.
Kamrup, 7. Goalpara, 8. North Cachar and 9. Cachar districts,
delineated by the British. Earlier, during 70s, Dibrugarh was
separated out from original Lakhimpur district.
These districts are further sub-divided into 49 “Sub-divisions” or
Mohkuma. Every district is administered from a district head quarter
with the office of the District Collector, District Magistrate,
Office of the District Panchayat and usually with a district court.
The districts are delineated on the basis of the features such as
the rivers, hills, forests, etc and majority of the newly
constituted districts are sub-divisions of the earlier districts.
For the present districts of Assam and their location, refer the
The local governance system is organised under the jila-parishad
(District Panchayat) for a district, panchayat for group of or
individual rural areas and under the urban local bodies for the
towns and cities. Presently there are 2489 village panchayats
covering 26247 villages in Assam. The 'town-committee' or
nagar-xomiti for small towns, 'municipal board' or pouro-xobha for
medium towns and municipal corporation or pouro-nigom for the cities
consist of the urban local bodies.
For the revenue purposes, the districts are divided into revenue
circles and mouzas; for the development projects, the districts are
divided into 219 'development-blocks' and for law and order these
are divided into 206 police stations or thana.