CEYLON NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICES BOARD ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

CEYLON NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICES BOARD

2. Establishment and constitution of the Ceylon National Library Services Board.

3. Offices of the Board.

4. Quorum for and procedure at meetings.

5. Chairman of the Board.

6. Delegation of powers and functions of the Board.

7. Remuneration of members of the Board.

8. General powers.

9. Seal of the Board.

PART II

STAFF OF THE BOARD

10. Appointment of Director and officers and servants of the Board.

11. Powers of the Board in regard to the staff of the Board.

12. Appointment of public officers and officers and servants of the Local Government Service and of any local authority to the staff of the Board.

13. Officers and servants of the Board deemed to be public servants.

PART III

POWERS OF THE BOARD

14. Powers of the Board.

15. Appointment of committees.

PART IV

FINANCE

16. Fund of the Board.

17. Accounts of the Board and financial year.

18. Audit of the accounts of the Board.

19. Documents to be transmitted to the Minister to be laid before Parliament.

PART V

GENERAL

20. Exemption from customs duty.

21. Rules.

22. The Board deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

23. Interpretation.

17 of 1970.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of the Ceylon National Library Services Board, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 1st May, 1970]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Ceylon National Library Services Board Act.

PART I

Ceylon National Library Services Board

2. Establishment and constitution of the Ceylon National Library Services Board.

(1) There shall be established, on the appointed date, or as soon as may be thereafter, a Board to be known as the "Ceylon National Library Services Board”, hereinafter referred to as "the Board”, which shall consist of nine members appointed by the Minister—

(a) two of whom shall be so appointed on the recommendation of the Minister in charge of the subject of Local Government;

(b) one of whom shall be so appointed on the recommendation of the Minister in charge of the subject of Information; and

(c) one of whom shall be so appointed on the recommendation of the Minister in charge of the subject of Scientific and Industrial Research.

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

(3) A member of the Board shall, unless he earlier vacates office or is removed from office by the Minister, hold office for a term of five years, and shall be eligible for re-appointment,

(4) If any member of the Board becomes, by reason of illness, or other infirmity or absence from Sri Lanka, temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, the Minister, having regard to the provisions of subsection (1), may appoint a fit person to act in his place.

(5) Any member of the Board may resign from the Board by letter addressed to the Minister.

3. Offices of the Board.

The head office of the Board shall be in Colombo. Such branch offices of the Board as the Board considers necessary may be established in places in Sri Lanka, other than in Colombo, with the prior approval of the Minister.

4. Quorum for and procedure at meetings.

(1) The quorum for a meeting of the Board shall be five members.

(2) The procedure to be followed at meetings of the Board shall be as determined by rules made by the Board with the prior approval of the Minister.

(3) The Director of National Library Services shall be the Secretary of the Board, and shall attend all meetings of the Board and keep minutes of such meetings. The Secretary shall not be entitled to vote at any such meeting.

(4) The Chairman, or in his absence the Secretary, may at any time, and shall on the request in writing of four members of the Board, call a special meeting of the Board.

(5) No act or proceeding of the Board shall be invalid by reason only of any vacancy in the office of any member of the Board, or any defect in his appointment.

(6) Meetings of the Board may be held at such times and places as the Board may, from time to time, determine so, however, that at least one meeting of the Board shall be held every three months.

5. Chairman of the Board.

(1) The Chairman of the Board shall be appointed by the Minister from among the members of the Board, and shall, unless he earlier vacates his office or is removed from office by the Minister, hold office for a term of five years.

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