SAMURDHI ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of Samurdhi Development Department.

PART I

Establishment of SAMURDHI Development Department

3. Director-General and other officers and servants of the Department.

4. Objects of the Department.

5. Powers of the Department.

6. Functions of the Department.

7. Samurdhi National Council.

8. Minister to establish administrative zones.

9. Establishment of samurdhi community based organisations.

PART II

SAMURDHI Community Based Organisations

10. Objects of the samurdhi community based organisations.

11. Powers of the samurdhi community based organisations.

12. Functions of the samurdhi community based organisations.

13. Maintenance of funds of samurdhi community based organisations.

14. Appointment of an officer to perform the functions of samurdhi community based organisations.

PART III

SAMURDHI Regional Organisations

15. Establishment of samurdhi regional organisations.

16. Objects of the samurdhi regional organisations.

17. Powers of samurdhi regional organisations.

18. Functions of the samurdhi regional organisations.

PART IV

SAMURDHI District Committees

19. Establishment of samurdhi district committees.

20. Objects of samurdhi district committees.

21. Powers of the samurdhi district committees.

22. Functions of samurdhi district committees.

part V

SAMURDHI National Federation

23. Establishment of the Samurdhi National Federation.

24. Object of the Samurdhi National Federation.

PART VI

SAMURDHI Community Based Banks

25. Establishment of samurdhi community based banks.

26. Objects of the samurdhi community based banks.

27. Powers of samurdhi community based banks.

28. Functions of samurdhi community based banks.

part VII

SAMURDHI Community Based Banking Societies

29. Establishment of samurdhi community based banking societies.

30. Objects of samurdhi community based banking societies.

31. Powers of samurdhi community based banking societies.

32. Functions of samurdhi community based banking societies.

33. Board of management of samurdhi community based banks and samurdhi community based banking societies.

34. Samurdhi Community Based Banking Union.

35. Finance Business Act 42 of 2011 and Banking Act 30 of 1988 not to apply.

part VIII

Funds of the Department

36. Samurdhi Development Fund.

37. Samurdhi Revolving Fund.

PART IX

General

38. District Secretaries to be Additional Director-General.

39. Declaration of Secrecy.

40. Returns and Information.

41. Offences.

42. Regulations.

43. Rules.

PART X

Repeals and Savings

44. Repeal of the Samurdhi Development Authority Act 30 of 1995, the Southern Development Authority Act 18 of 1996 and the Udarata Development Authority Act 26 of 2005 and savings.

45. Trusts and funds under the repealed Acts to be deemed to be trusts and funds under this Act.

46. This Act to prevail over other written law.

47. Interpretation.

48. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

1 of 2013;

2 of 2017.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of a Department to be called and known as the Department of Samurdhi Development by amalgamating the Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka established by Act 30 of 1995, Southern Development Authority of Sri Lanka established by Act 18 of 1996, the Udarata Development Authority of Sri Lanka established by Act 26 of 2005; to establish Samurdhi Community Based Organisations at rural level and to provide for a co-ordinating network at the district level and national level; to establish Samurdhi Community based banks and Samurdhi Community Based Banking Societies; to repeal Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka Act 30 of 1995, Southern Development Authority of Sri Lanka Act 18 of 1996 and Udarata Development Authority of Sri Lanka Act 26 of 2005 and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Long title am by s 2 of Act 2 of 2017.]

[Date of Commencement: 11th January, 2013]

1. Short title and date of operation.

This Act may be cited as the Samurdhi Act 1 of 2013, and the provisions of this Act other than this section, shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may appoint by Order published in the Gazette (hereinafter referred to as the “appointed date”1). The provisions of this section shall come into operation on the date on which this Act becomes an Act of Parliament.

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