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The Chittagong Hill Tract area (CHT) covers 13,390 square kilometers; most is highland and only 3% is plain land. The CHT is divided into three Districts- Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachari, and these Districts are further divided into 25 Upazilas. The population is about 1.4 million, of which more than 90% are rural, living in small villages- Paras. Most people live on agriculture; few on small trade and services. The average income is only Taka 25,000 per year (US Dollars 367).

Founded as a body corporate under the Chittagong Hill Tract Development Board (CHTDB) Ordinance, CHTDB is the government’s principal development agency for Chittagong Hill Tract’s Region.