The Karnataka State Minorities Commission (KSMC) is a statutory body constituted under the Karnataka State Minorities Commission Act 1994. The First Commission under this Act was constituted on 30.9.1994 with Mr.R.H. Goodwala as Chairman. Other eminent persons like Mr. F.H. Mohsin, Mr. C.M. Ibrahim, Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Mr. Sadath Ali Khan, Dr. Abdul Kareem, Prof. M. Basheer Hussain, Mr. Qamar-ul-Islam, Mr. Syed Saifulla, Mr. Azeez Sait, Mr. Mir Azeez, Alhaj K.S. Mohammed Masood and Mr. Syed Mudeer Aga subsequently served as Chairman.
The main activity of the KSMC is to examine the working of various safeguards provided in the constitution and in the Laws passed by the State Legislature for the protection of minorities and make recommendations with a view to ensuring effective implementation and enforcement of all the safeguards.
Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Zoroastrians (Parsis) and Jains are identified as Minority communities of Karnataka.
The Karnataka State Minorities Commission consists of the Chairman and six other members nominated by the Government from amongst persons of eminence, ability and integrity hailing from the minority communities. Subject to the pleasure of the government, the term of the chairman and members is for a period of three years. The Administrative head of the office is the Secretary, who is a group “A” Senior scale officer.
The Karnataka State Minorities Commission has come to be looked upon by the minorities in Karnataka as a Forum for ventilating their grievances.