AMARADEVA AESTHETIC AND RESEARCH CENTRE ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of Amaradeva Aesthetic and Research Centre.

3. General objects of the Centre.

4. Centre to ensure no conflict with work of Ministry or Department etc.

5. Composition of the Board of Management.

6. Terms of office of members of the Board.

7. Staff of the Centre.

8. Appointment of public officers to the staff of the Centre.

9. Powers of the Centre.

10. Rules of the Centre.

11. Fund of the Centre.

12. Centre may hold property movable and immovable.

13. Application of money and property.

14. Property remaining on dissolution.

15. Audit of accounts.

16. Annual report.

17. Seal of the Centre.

18. Regulations.

19. Savings of the rights of the Republic.

20. Interpretation.

21. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

27 of 2018.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of an aesthetic and research centre called “the Amaradeva Aesthetic and Research Centre” in gratitude of the legendary music icon in Sri Lanka, late Pandith Wannakuwattawaduge Don Amaradeva; to specify its objects and powers and to provide for the matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 7th September 2018]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Amaradeva Aesthetic and Research Centre Act.

2. Establishment of Amaradeva Aesthetic and Research Centre.

(1) There shall be established an aesthetic and research centre which shall be called the Amaradeva Aesthetic and Research Centre (hereinafter referred to as “the Centre”) and also known as Amaradeva Asapuwa equipped with a research laboratory, an archive, a library and a museum.

(2) The Centre shall, by the name assigned to it by subsection (1), be a body corporate with perpetual succession, and a common seal and may sue and be sued in such name.

3. General objects of the Centre.

The general objects for which the body corporate is established are—

(a) to secure and archive the instruments of the Centre;

(b) to facilitate research activities of graduate and postgraduate courses on aesthetic studies; and

(c) to conduct workshops, lectures and appreciation programmes or any other function to promote the style of music of late Pandith Wannakuwattawaduge Don Amaradeva (hereinafter referred to as “W. D. Amaradeva”).

4. Centre to ensure no conflict with work of Ministry or Department etc.

The objects of the Centre shall be carried out in such manner so as not to create any conflict between the work of the Centre and any work being carried out simultaneously by any Ministry or Department of the Government or of any Provincial Council or “Amaradeva
Foundation”.

5. Composition of the Board of Management.

(1) The administration and management of the affairs of the Centre shall be vested in a Board of Management (hereinafter referred to as “the Board”).

(2) The Board shall consist of the following members—

(a) Ex-officio members—

(i) Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education or a representative of the Ministry nominated by him;

(ii) the Secretary to the Ministry to which the Centre for the time being assigned to or a representative nominated by him;

(iii) the Director General of the Department of National Archives or any person nominated by him;

(iv) Chairman of the National Library and Documentation Services Board or any person nominated by him;

(v) the Director of the Department of National Museums or any person nominated by him; and

(vi) the Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs or any person nominated by him.

(b) Nominated or appointed members—

(i) a member appointed by the President;

(ii) a member appointed by the Prime Minister;

(iii) the family members of late W. D. Amaradeva namely Wimala Amaradeva, Ranjana Amaradeva, Priyanvada Amaradeva and Subhanie Amaradeva;

(iv) a member nominated by the “Amaradeva Foundation” incorporated under the Companies Act; and

(v) four members, who have experience and shown capacity in the fields of aesthetics and literature, appointed by the Minister with the concurrence of the “Amaradeva Foundation”.

(3) The President shall appoint one of the members of the Board to be the Chairman of the Board.

(4) A vacancy occurring as a result of a member appointed under subparagraphs (i) or (ii) of paragraph (b) of subsection (2) vacating office by death, resignation or removal shall be filled by the President or the Prime Minister as the case may be. Any person so appointed to fill a vacancy shall hold office for the unexpired period of the term of the predecessor.

(5) A vacancy occurring as a result of a member appointed under subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (b) of subsection (2) vacating office by death, resignation or removal, the successive member shall be appointed with the concurrence of the majority of the remaining family members and such appointee shall not necessarily be a family member of late Pandith W. D. Amaradeva:

Provided that, where there are no family members remaining on the Board, the successive member shall be appointed with the concurrence of the majority of the members of the Board.

(6) A vacancy occurring as a result of a member appointed under subparagraphs (iv) and (v) of paragraph (b) of subsection (2) vacating office by death, resignation, cessation of office as a member or removal shall be filled by the Board by nominating a member from the Amaradeva Foundation or by appointing a member as the case may be for the unexpired period of the term of office.

(7) The members of the Board may be paid such remuneration out of the Fund of the Centre as may be determined by the Minister.

6. Terms of office of members of the Board.

(1) All members specified in paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of section 5 shall hold office for a period of three years from the date of nomination or
appointment:

Provided however, if any nominated or appointed member vacates his office prior to the expiry of his term, his successor shall, unless he vacates his office earlier, hold office for the unexpired period of the term of office of his predecessor.

(2) Where the Chairman or any other member of the Board becomes by reason of illness, infirmity or absence from Sri Lanka, unable to perform the duties of his office for a period of not less than one month, another person may having regard to the provisions of section 5, be appointed to act in his place.

7. Staff of the Centre.

(1) The Director General of the Centre shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre and shall be appointed by the Board.

(2) The Director General shall be responsible for general management and administration of officers and employees of the Centre.

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