Government of Karnataka

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Government of Karnataka
Seal of Karnataka.svg
Seat of governmentVidhana Soudha, Bengaluru
GovernorVajubhai Vala
Chief ministerB. S. Yediyurappa
Deputy Chief MinisterGovind Karjol, Laxman Savadi and C. N. Ashwath Narayan [1]
SpeakerVishweshwar Hegde Kageri
Members in Assembly225
CouncilKarnataka Legislative Council
ChairmanK. Prathapachandra Shetty
Members in Council75
High CourtKarnataka High Court
Chief JusticeAbhay Shreeniwas Oka

The Government of Karnataka, officially known as, Karnataka Rajya Sarakara, 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 on the advice of the chief minister appoints 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[edit]

A map showing the 30 districts of Karnataka

Karnataka State has been divided into four revenue divisions, 49 sub-divisions, 30 districts, 237 taluks and 747 hoblies/revenue circles and 5628 gram panchayats for administrative purposes.[2] The state has 281 towns and 7 municipal corporations. Bangalore is the first 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[edit]

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.


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.[3] The Legislative Council is a permanent body with one-third of its members retiring every two years.[4]


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 August 2019, the Government of Karnataka consists of 18 ministers including Chief Minister and 3 Deputy Chief Ministers.

Chief Minister[edit]

Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa (born 27 February 1943) is an Indian politician who is the Chief Minister of Karnataka. Yediyurappa is serving as the Chief Minister of Karnataka for the fourth time, the only Chief Minister to do so in the history of Karnataka.


Designation/Portfolio Portrait Minister
Chief Minister

All unallocated portfolios including Finance, Water resources, Power, Urban Development, Food and Civil Supplies, Bengaluru Urban Development, Textiles, Forest, Information and Broadcasting, Labour, Youth affairs and Sports, Municipal administration, Small scale industries, Co - Operation, Intelligence Wing, Planning and Statistics etc., and all important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister

B. S. Yeddyurappa.jpg B. S. Yediyurappa
Deputy Chief Minister

Minister of Public Works Department,
Minister of Social Welfare Department

Govind M. Karjola
Deputy Chief Minister

Minister of Higher Education,
Minister of IT & BT,
Minister of Science and Technology
Minister of Medical Education

Dr C N Ashwath Narayan.png Dr. C. N. Ashwath Narayan
Deputy Chief Minister

Minister of Transport,
Minister of Agriculture

Laxman Savadi
Minister of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj
Minister of Youth Empowerment & Sports
Minister of Revenue Department excluding Muzrai R. Ashoka
Minister of Large and Medium Scale Industries excluding Sugar Jagadish Shettar.jpg Jagadish Shettar
Minister of Health and Family Welfare excluding Medical Education B. Sriramulu
Minister of Primary & Secondary Education and Sakala S.Suresh Kumar
Minister of Housing,

Minister of Horticulture

Minister of Tourism,
Minister of Kannada and Culture,
Minister of Sugar
CT Ravi, Ex Minister For Higher Education, Government of Karnataka.jpg C. T. Ravi
Minister of Home Department excluding Intelligent Wing Basavaraj Bommai
Minister of Muzrai from Revenue Department,
Minister of Fisheries, Ports and Inland Transport
Kota Srinivas Poojary
Minister of Law, Parliamentary affairs and Legislation,
Minister of Minor Irrigation from Water Resources Department
J. C. Madhu Swamy
Minister of Mines and Geology from Commerce and Industries Department C. C. Patil
Minister of Excise H. Nagesh
Minister of Animal Husbandry and Minority welfare Prabhu Chauhan
Minister of Women and Child Development,
Minister of Empowerment of differently Abled and Senior Citizens
Jolle Shashikala Annasaheb

Karnataka Panchayat Raj[edit]

(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 Karnataka 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 administrative unit 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[edit]

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 five 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.[5]

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.


Karnataka politics is dominated by the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP).

In recent election conducted in May 2018 BJP emerged as single largest party with 104 seats leaving behind INC with 79 , JDS with 38 and others 2. While B. S. Yeddyurappa went ahead with the intention of making the government and requested the governor to allow him to form a government without the numbers though. Governor allowed him to take oath as Chief Minister on 17 May 2018 although his happiness was short lived as SC struck down 2 weeks of time provided by the governor for the floor test to just 2 days. He was forced to resign. After his resignation Shri. H. D. Kumaraswamy was sworn in as the Chief Minister on 23 May 2019 with absolute majority support from Congress total of 117.

In later bypolls JDS+Congress combine won 4 out of 5 seats 3MP & 2 MLA seats making the numbers up by 119.

On 23 July 2019 the government headed by Shri. H. D. Kumarswamy fell short of majority in the trust vote.

B. S. Yeddiyurappa once again took oath on 26 July 2019.


Last assembly elections: 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly election

LNG Terminal in Karwar, Karnataka (India)[edit]

Asia's Biggest LNG Terminal in Karwar, 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[edit]


  1. ^ "Karnataka CM Yediyurappa names 3 deputy CMs, allocates Cabinet portfolios". India Today. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Statistics - Karnataka state". Online webpage of the Forest Department. Government of Karnataka. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2007.
  3. ^ A Jayaram. "Council polls may not give Congress majority". Online Edition of The Hindu, dated 2002-05-31. 2002, The Hindu. Retrieved 4 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Karnataka Legislative Council". Online webpage of Legislative bodies in India. Government of India. Retrieved 4 June 2007.
  5. ^ - de beste bron van informatie over karnataka state police. Deze website is te koop

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