Karnataka Government and Politics


What do we know about Karnataka government and politics?

The Government of Karnataka is headed by a Governor. In this democratic form of government, the Chief Minister as well as the council of ministers is appointed by the Governor. Most of the legislative powers are vested on them. Although the governor remains the head of the state, most of the day-to-day duties of the government are taken care of by the chief minister and his council of ministers.

The political system of the state is mainly formed of the following parties:
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
  • Indian National Congress (INC)
  • Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS)
The current state government is under the Chief Minister Shri K. Siddaramaiah, who belongs to the Congress.

Karnataka Government is divided into the following administrative divisions:
  • Revenue circles: 747
  • Revenue divisions: 4
  • Sub-divisions: 49
  • Taluks: 176
  • Towns: 281
  • Districts: 30
  • Municipal corporations: 7
Form of Legislature in Karnataka

The State Legislature of Karnataka comprises of the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly and is bi-cameral in nature.

  1. Legislative Assembly: The assembly is a seat of total 224 members, out of which the Karnataka Governor nominates one member to represent the community of Anglo-Indians. Each of these members of the Legislative Assembly can hold office for 5 years.

  2. Legislative Council: This is a permanent part of the government, where one-third of the members retire every 2 years. Every member of this council is allowed to hold office for 6 years though.
Who forms the Ministry of Karnataka?

Headed by Shri Hansraj Bhardwaj, the present Governor of Karnataka, the ministry of the state is formed by Shri K. Siddaramaiah, the current Chief Minister of the state and his Cabinet of Ministers. The below mentioned table provides an overview of the Cabinet of Ministers of Karnataka:

Name of MinisterAssigned Departments
K. Siddaramaiah (Chief Minister)1) Department of Cabinet Affairs
2) Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms
3) Department of Finance including Institutional Finance and excluding Excise
4) Intelligence Wing from Home Department
5) All subjects pertaining to Bangalore City from Urban Development Department-excluding BWSSB
6) Mines and Geology from Commerce & Industries Department
7) Minority Welfare from Social Welfare Department
8.) IT-BT from IT, BT and Science & Technology Department
9) Information
K.S. Eshwarappa (Deputy Chief Minister)1) Revenue Department Excluding Haj & Wakfs and Muzarai
2) Rural Development and Panchayat Raj including Rural Development, Engineering Department and Rural Water Supply & Sanitation.
R. Ashok (Deputy Chief Minister)1) Transport Department
2) Home Department excluding Intelligence Wing and Prisons.
Govind M. Karjol1) Minor Irrigation From Water Resources Department
2) Kannada and Culture
S. Suresh Kumar1) Law, Justice and Human Rights, Parliamentary Affairs and Legislature
2) Urban Development Department
Vishweshwara Hegde KageriPrimary and Secondary Education.
Umesh V. KattiAgriculture Department.
Basavaraj BommaiMajor and Medium Irrigation from Water Resources Department.
Murugesh R. NiraniLarge and Medium Scale Industries from C&I Department.
V. SomannaHousing Department
B N Bachhe Gowda1) Labour Department
2) Sericulture from Horticulture Department
S. A. Ravindranath1) Sugar from Commerce & Industries Department
2) Horticulture Department
Revunaik Belamagi1) Mass Education and Public Libraries from Education Department
2) Small Savings and Lotteries from Finance Department
3) Animal Husbandry from Animal Husbandry & Fisheries Department
Balachandra Jarakiholi1) Municipalities and Local Bodies (CMCs, TMCs and TPs) From Urban Development Department
2) Department of Public Enterprises
3) Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation
4) Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board
S. A. RamdasMedical Education Department
Anand Asnotikar1) Fisheries From Animal Husbandry Fisheries Department
2) Science and Technology From IT, BT, S & T Department
A. Narayana Swamy1) Social Welfare Department excluding Minorities Welfare
2) Prisons from Home Department
Vartur PrakashTextile From Commerce & Industries Department
Sogudu Shivanna1) Ecology and Environment Department
2) Planning Department
3) Statistics Department.
C.T. RaviHigher Education Department.
D.N. JeevarajFood and Civil Supplies Department
S.K. Bellubbi1) Haj & Wakfs from revenue Department
2) Agriculture Marketing from co-operation Department.
Aravind LimbavaliHealth and Family Welfare Department Excluding Medical Education.
Anand SinghTourism From Kannada and Culture, Information and Tourism Department.
Kalakappa Gurushanthappa BandiWomen and Child Development Department.
Kota Srinivasa Poojary1) Muzarai from Revenue Department
2) Ports and Inland Water Transport Department.
Appachu RanjanYouth Services and Sports Department.


How is the Executive form of Karnataka Government?

A District Magistrate or a Deputy Commissioner heads this form of state government, who is supported by the officers of the civil services and the other state services of Karnataka. Some of the most important officials belonging to this form of government are Deputy Commissioner of Police, who is responsible for law and order of the state and Deputy Conservator of Forests, who looks after forest lands of the state. The district head of the varied departments looks after the sectoral development.

Who forms the judiciary form of government in Karnataka?

Karnataka High Court is the main component of the state judiciary. Advocate General of the state is even Karnataka's Chief Legal Advisor. The same person is designated as Chief Magistrate in the metropolitan areas of the state. Some of the other important positions included in the judiciary system of the state are:
  • Chief Judicial Magistrate
  • Judicial Magistrate
  • Civil Judges
  • District Judges
  • Session Judges

Karnataka High Court

The Karnataka High Court (locally called Attara Kacheri) is the High Court for the state of Karnataka. In 1884, it was established under the Mysore High Court Act, 1884 and was then known as the Mysore High Court until 1973, when the name of the state was altered. The headquarters of Karnataka High Court is in Bangalore which is the administrative capital of the state. The judge strength of Karnataka High Court is 40. Karnataka National Parties

The national parties of Karnataka at a glance:-

The Indian National Congress - In the year 1994, S. Bangiappa post fragmenting away from the Indian National Congress main body, established the Karnataka Congress Party (KCP). But after a rather abysmal performance in the state assembly where the KCP only managed to secure 10 seats, it retreated under the shell of one of the national parties, the Indian National Congress. Being headed by Sonia Gandhi, it is indeed a force to be reckoned with and constitutes an integral appendage of the Karnataka politics.

The Janata Dal (Secular) - It made its presence felt during the year 1977, under the apt guidance of Jayprakash Narayan. This party has the former Prime Minister of India, HD Deve Gowda as its functional head and is known to have formulated the maiden coalition Government in the dominion named Karnataka along with the Indian National Congress.

Bharatiya Janata Party - It comprises of an elite group of politicians like B.S. Yediyurappa, former Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Deputy Prime Minister, Lal Krishna Advani and many more.

Karnataka Administrative Service

The Karnataka Administrative Services holds an important and prestigious position in the general administration of this southern state of India.

The Karnataka Administrative Services, under the authorization of Karnataka Public Service Commission, was formulated by the Constitution of India in the year 1951. Earlier to that, the appointments to the Karnataka Administrative Service and the related functions were carried out by the State Government.

To facilitate the smooth functioning of administrative services in the state, Karnataka has been divided into a number of sub-divisions and districts. Each sub-division is handled by an IAS officer who is helped out in the job by a team of officers belonging to the Karnataka administrative services.

The Karnataka Administrative Services operates out of the office building called Park House which is situated in Vidhan Soudha in Bangalore. Prior to 1951, the administrative services were conducted at the United India Building in Bangalore City.

One of the most important functions of the Karnataka Administrative Services is to conduct and regularize the entrance examinations for the recruitment of administrative officers. Competitive examination, personal test and interview are held to recruit the officers.

The Karnataka Administrative Service commission is headed by a Chairman, a Secretary and the board of members who assist the Chairman in his day-to-day office affairs. It is the responsibility of this body to run the administration of Karnataka smoothly and efficiently.

Last Updated on 18/05/2013

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