Government of Karnataka

Government of Karnataka
Seat of Government Vidhana SoudhaBangalore
Governor Vajubhai Vala
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah
Speaker K.B.Koliwad
Members in Assembly 225
Council Karnataka Legislative Council
Chairman D. H. Shankaramurthy
Members in Council 75
High Court Karnataka High Court
Chief Justice Subro Kamal Mukherjee

The Government of Karnataka is a democratically elected body with the governor as the constitutional head. The governor who is appointed for five years appoints the chief minister and his council of ministers. Even though the governor remains the ceremonial head of the state, the day-to-day running of the government is taken care of by the chief minister and his council of ministers in whom a great amount of legislative powers are vested.

Administrative divisions

A map showing the 30 districts of Karnataka

Karnataka State has been divided into four revenue divisions, 49 sub-divisions, 30 districts, 176 taluks and 747 hoblies/revenue circles and 5628 gram panchayats for administrative purposes.[1] The state has 281 towns and 7 municipal corporations. Bangalore is the fifth largest urban agglomeration out of 23 metropolis, urban agglomerations and cities in India. It is among the fastest growing cities in the world.

Political and administrative reorganisation

Karnataka took its present shape in 1956, when the states of Mysore and Coorg (Kodagu) were merged with the Kannada-speaking districts of the former states of Bombay and Hyderabad, and Madras. Mysore state was made up of 10 districts: Bangalore, Kolar, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Hassan, Chikmagalur (Kadur), Shimoga and Chitradurga; Bellary had been transferred from Madras state to Mysore in 1953, when the new Andhra State was created out of Madras' northern districts. Kodagu became a district, and Dakshina Kannada (South Kanara) district was transferred from Madras state, Uttara Kannada (North Kanara), Dharwad, Belgaum District, and Bijapur District from Bombay state, and Bidar District, Kalaburgi District, and Raichur District from Hyderabad state.

In 1989, Bangalore rural district was split from Bangalore and, in 1997, Bagalkot district split from Vijayapur, Chamrajnagar district split from Mysore, Gadag district split from Dharwad, Haveri district split from Dharwad, Koppal district split from Raichur, Udupi district split from Dakshina Kannada, and Davanagere district was created from parts of Bellary, Chitradurga, Dharwad, and Shimoga.


Main article: Karnataka legislature

The state legislature is bicameral and consists of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. The Legislative Assembly consists of 224 members with one member nominated by the governor to represent the Anglo-Indian community. The term of office of the members is five years and the term of a member elected to the council is six years.[2] The Legislative Council is a permanent body with one-third of its members retiring every two years.[3]


The government is headed by the governor who appoints the chief minister and his council of ministers. The governor is appointed for five years and acts as the constitutional head of the state. Even though the governor remains the ceremonial head of the state, the day-to-day running of the government is taken care of by the chief minister and his council of ministers in whom a great deal of legislative powers is vested.

The secretariat headed by the secretary to the governor assists the council of ministers. The council of ministers consists of cabinet ministers, ministers of state and deputy ministers. The chief minister is assisted by the chief secretary, who is the head of the administrative services.

As of 2012, the Government of Karnataka consists of 30 ministers.

Chief Minister

The present Chief Minister of Karnataka is Siddaramaiah.

List of Chief Ministers of Karnataka

List Of Ministers

Department Minister
Chief minister (including portfolios like Finance, Kannada languages and Cultural, Cabinet Affairs, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Intelligence Wing), Housing, Bangalore City Development Siddaramaiah
Home Dr. G. Parameshwara
Forest, Ecology & Environment Department Ramanath Rai
Energy D. K Shivakumar
Transport Ramalinga Reddy
Large & Medium Scale Industries, Infrastructure Development R. V. Deshapande
Higher Education Basavaraj Rayareddy
Horticulture and Agricultural marketing S S Mallikarjun
Rural Development and Panchayat Raj H. K. Patil
Public Works Department, Ports & Inland Transport Dr.H. C. Mahadevappa
Revenue Kagodu Thimmappa
Small Scale Industries Ramesh Jarkiholi
Medical Education Dr. Sharan Prakash Patil
Social Welfare (excluding Minority Welfare), Backward Classes H. Anjaneya
Municipalities & local bodies, Public Enterprises Eshwara Bhimanna Khandre
Planning and Statistics, IT, BT, Science and Technology M. R. Seetharam
Urban development (excluding Bangalore), City Corporations (excluding BBMP), Urban Land Transport, KUWSDB & KUIDFC, Haj Information & Wakf R. Roshan Baig
Health and Family Welfare (excluding Medical Education) K.R.Ramesh Kumar
Labour Santosh Lad
Primary and Secondary Education, Minority Welfare and Wakf Tanveer Sait
Textiles and Muzrai Rudrappa Manappa Lamani
Excise Meti Hullappa Yamanappa
Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs U. T. Khader
Medium and Major Irrigation M. B. Patil
Women & Child Welfare and Kannada & Culture Umashree
Co-operation and Sugar(excluding Agriculture Marketing) H. S. Mahadeva Prasad
Minor Irrigation, Law & Justice, Parliamentary Affairs T.B. Jayachandra
Fisheries and Youth services & Sports Pramodh Madhvaraj
Agriculture Krishna Byre Gowda
Mines and Geology Vinay Kulkarni
Animal Husbandry, Sericulture A. Manju
IT, BT, Science & Technology, Tourism Priyank M. Kharge

Karnataka Panchayat Raj

(Rule of Village Committee) is a three-tier system in the state with elected bodies at the village, taluk and district levels. It ensures greater participation of people and more effective implementation of rural development programmes. There will be a Grama Panchayat for a village or group of villages, a taluk level and the Zilla Panchayat at the district level.

All the three institutions will have elected representatives and there is no provision for nomination by the government to any of these councils. s the first in the country to enact new Panchayat Raj Act incorporating all provisions of 73rd Amendment to the Constitution. In 2014 Karantaka State Grama Panchayats Delimitation committee constituted By govt. of Karnataka. Chairmen S G Nanjaiahna mutt and 6 members. joint secretory of the committee Dr.Revaiah Odeyar. Report Submitted 2014 October 30. This report implemented 2015 Gram Panchayath Elections.


A district of an Indian state is an administrat, headed by a deputy commissioner or district magistrate, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Service. The district magistrate or the deputy commissioner is assisted by a number of officers belonging to Karnataka Civil Service and other Karnataka state services.

A Deputy Commissioner of Police, an officer belonging to the Indian Police Service is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining law and order and related issues of the district. The commissioner is assisted by the officers of the Karnataka Police Service and other Karnataka Police officials. A Deputy Conservator of Forests, an officer belonging to the Indian Forest Service, is responsible for managing the forests, environment and wildlife related issues of the district. He is assisted by the officers of the Karnataka Forest Service and other Karnataka forest and wildlife officials. Sectoral development is looked after by the district head of each development department such as PWD, Health, Education, Agriculture, Animal husbandry, etc. These officers belong to the State Services.

Police Administration

The state is divided into 20 police districts, 77 sub-divisions, 178 circles, State Police consists of 20 police districts, 5 Police Commissioners at Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, belgaum and Hubli-Dharwad cities, 77 sub-divisions, 178 circles, 696 police stations, and 317 police outposts. There are six ranges: Central Range at Bangalore, Eastern Range at Davanagere, Northern Range at Gulbarga, Southern Range at Mysore and Western Range at Mangalore. The government Railway Police is headed by a D.I.G. of Police.[4]

Units that assist the state in law and order include Criminal Investigation Department (Forest Cell, Anti-Dowry Cell, etc.), Dog Squad, Civil Rights Enforcement Wing, Police Wireless and Police Motor Transport Organization and special units. Village Defence Parties protect persons and property in the village and assist the police when necessary. The police force is at times supplemented by Home Guards.


Main article: Karnataka Politics

Karnataka politics is dominated by the Indian National Congress (INC), Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The previous government was a coalition government of JDS and BJP. The chief minister for an initial term of 20 months was H. D. Kumaraswamy of JDS and the post was supposed to subsequently be transferred to BJP's B. S. Yeddyurappa. A political fall out due to the failure in transfer of power to Yeddyurappa broke the coalition. The state was then under President's rule until the elections in May 2008. As a result of the BJP victory in those elections B. S. Yeddyurappa became chief minister of Karnataka. He resigned on 31 July 2011 following his indictment by the Karnataka Lok Ayukta in illegal iron ore export scam. D V Sadananda Gowda was sworn as the 26th chief minister of the state on 4 August 2011. Sadananda gowda resigned in 2012& jagadeesh shetar replaced him as new chief minister of karnataka administered until general assembly elections May 2013.The assembly elections held to choose new assembly in May 2013&INC got a clear majority with winning 121 of 224 seats in the assembly of Karnataka. Siddaramaiah sworn as new chief minister of karnataka.


Last assembly elections: Karnataka Legislative Assembly election, 2013

LNG Terminal in Karawar, Karnataka (India)

Asia's Biggest LNG Terminal in Karawar, Karnataka (India). MOU Between Fox Petroleum and Govt of Karnataka worth $1,038 Million USD has been signed between Ajay Kumar and Minister of Industry - Government of Karnataka (India Govt).

See also


  1. "Statistics - Karnataka state". Online webpage of the Forest Department. Government of Karnataka. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  2. A Jayaram. "Council polls may not give Congress majority". Online Edition of The Hindu, dated 2002-05-31. 2002, The Hindu. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  3. "Karnataka Legislative Council". Online webpage of Legislative bodies in India. Government of India. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  4. - de beste bron van informatie over karnataka state police. Deze website is te koop


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