CEYLON RAILWAY DAILY-PAID WORKERS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION (INCORPORATION) ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Incorporation.

3. General objects.

4. Committee of Management.

5. First Committee of Management.

6. Election of office-bearers.

7. Qualifications of the Secretary and the Treasurer.

8. Duties of the Committee.

9. Meetings of the Committee.

10. Who shall preside quorum.

11. Vacancies how filled.

12. Duties of the Secretary.

13. Duties of the Treasurer.

14. Membership.

15. Register of members.

16. Books of account.

17. Remuneration of members of the Committee.

18. Power to make rules.

18A. Power of General Manager of Railways to make, amend or rescind rules of the Corporation.

19. General meetings.

19A. Power of General Manager of Railways to summon general meetings of the Corporation.

20. Annual general meeting.

21. Who shall preside at general meetings.

22. Security from officers and servants.

23. Property to be held by the Corporation.

24. Debts due by, and payable to, the Corporation.

25. Power to hold property.

26. Funds of the Corporation, how to be accounted, paid out and invested.

27. Appointment of officers and agents.

28. Seal of the Corporation.

29. Corporation may not sell, exchange, or mortgage, land without leave of court.

30. Powers vested in the Secretary to the Ministry

30A. Secretary to the Ministry to direct appointment of Special Committee of Administrators in the event of mismanagement by the Committee.

31. Winding up of the Corporation.

32. Savings of rights of the Crown.

10 of 1975,

3 of 1965.

AN ACT to incorporate the Ceylon Railway Daily-paid Workers' Benevolent Association.

[Date of Commencement: 29th July, 1965]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Ceylon Railway Daily-paid Workers' Benevolent Association (Incorporation) Act.

2. Incorporation.

The persons who, at the time of the coming into operation of this Act, are members of the Ceylon Railway Daily-paid Workers' Benevolent Association (hereinafter referred to as "the Association”) and such other persons as are hereafter enrolled as members of the Association, shall be a body corporate (hereinafter referred to as ”the Corporation”) with perpetual succession, a common seal, and the name "The Ceylon Railway Daily-paid Workers' Benevolent Association”. The Corporation may sue and be sued by that name.

3. General objects.

The general objects of the Corporation shall be—

(a) to promote thrift among its members;

(b) to give relief to its members in times of distress;

(c) to pay to each member on his retirement or resignation from the service of the Ceylon Government Railway, such portion of his contributions to the funds of the Corporation and such donations, if any, as may be authorised by the rules of the Corporation for the time being in force; and

(d) in the event of the death of any member prior to his ceasing to be an employee of the Ceylon Government Railway, to pay to his nominee appointed in accordance with the rules of the Corporation, or in the absence of a properly appointed nominee, to his Heirs-at-law, such portion of his contributions to the funds of the Corporation and such donation, if any, as may be authorised by the rules of the Corporation.

4. Committee of Management.

The affairs of the Corporation shall, subject to the provisions of this Act and of the rules for the time being in force of the Corporation, be administered by a Committee of Management (hereinafter referred to as "the Committee”) consisting of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer, respectively, of the Corporation, and seventeen other members to be elected, respectively, by the members of the Corporation, in accordance with the rules of the Corporation (hereinafter referred to as ”the elected members of the Committee”).

5. First Committee of Management.

The first Committee of Management shall consist of the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer of the Association and the seventeen elected members of the Committee of the Association holding office at the time of the coming into operation of this Act, and that Committee of Management shall continue to function until the first annual general meeting of the Corporation held after the coming into operation of this Act.

6. Election of office-bearers.

There shall be elected each year by the members of the Corporation from among their number at the annual general meeting of the Corporation the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary and the Treasurer, respectively, of the Corporation and the seventeen elected members of the Committee. No member shall be eligible to be elected or to continue as the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary, or the Treasurer of the Corporation or as an elected member of the Committee if he does not reside within a radius of fifteen miles of the city of Colombo.

7. Qualifications of the Secretary and the Treasurer.

No member shall be eligible to be elected the Secretary or the Treasurer of the Corporation unless—

(a) he has been employed in the public service for not less than ten years;

(b) he has been a member of the Association for not less than five years;

(c) he has passed the Junior School Certificate examination in Sinhala, Tamil or English;

(d) where he has passed the Junior School Certificate examination in Sinhala, he has passed the sixth standard in English and possesses a fair knowledge of the Tamil language;

(e) where he has passed the Junior School Certificate examination in Tamil, he has passed the sixth standard in English and in Sinhala;

(f) where he has passed the Junior School Certificate examination in English, he has passed the sixth standard in Sinhala and possesses a fair knowledge of the Tamil language.

8. Duties of the Committee.

The Committee shall, subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules of the Corporation, have full power and authority generally to govern, direct and decide all matters whatsoever connected with the appointment and dismissal of officers and servants of the Corporation, the administration of the affairs of the Corporation, and the accomplishment of the objects thereof, and to defray out of the funds of the Corporation all expenses necessary for the purposes of such appointments and administration:

Provided that the Committee shall not exercise any powers which are by this Act or by the rules of the Corporation declared to be exercisable by the Corporation in general meeting:

Provided also that any rules made by the Corporation in general meeting shall not invalidate any prior act of the Committee which would have been valid if such rule had not been made.

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