ESSENTIAL COMMODITIES RESERVES ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Scheduled commodities.

3. Essential commodities.

4. Provision of stocks and reserves of essential commodities.

5. Purchase of essential commodities by Government.

6. Registration of importers and stores.

7. Permits to import essential commodities.

8. Permit necessary to authorise importation.

9. Holder of permit to comply with conditions.

10. Books or registers.

11. Cancellation.

12. Powers of entry and examination.

13. Power to obtain information.

14. Offences and penalties.

15. Power of prosecutions and offences.

16. Regulations.

17. Appointment of officers.

18. Interpretation.

19. Savings.

SCHEDULE

5 of 1939,

37 of 1939,

41 of 1939,

46 of 1939.

AN ORDINANCE to provide for the maintenance of reserve stocks of commodities which would be essential for the vital needs of the community in the event of war or other public emergency; for the registration of importers of such commodities and for the purposes incidental to or connected with the matters aforesaid.

[Date of Commencement: 24th March, 1939]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Essential Commodities Reserves Ordinance, and shall continue in force until the Minister by Order published in the Gazette declare that it shall cease to be in operation.

2. Scheduled commodities.

(1) The Schedule describing the commodities which may be declared to be Essential Commodities for the purposes of this Ordinance may, by regulation, be amended or varied by the addition, thereto of any specified commodity or class of commodities.

(2) Any commodity described or specified in the Schedule for the time being in force is hereinafter referred to as a scheduled commodity

3. Essential commodities.

The Minister may, by Order published in the Gazette, declare that any scheduled commodity shall be an essential commodity for the purposes of this Ordinance, if he is satisfied that such commodity would be essential for the vital needs of the community in the event of war or other public emergency.

4. Provision of stocks and reserves of essential commodities.

Adequate stocks and reserves of essential commodities shall be provided and maintained for the supply of the needs of the community in the event of war or other public emergency; and it shall be the duty of the Controller to make all such arrangements and to take all such steps as may be necessary to secure that such stocks and reserves shall be available in any such contingency.

5. Purchase of essential commodities by Government.

The Controller is hereby authorised, in consultation with the Treasury, and with the approval of the Minister, to make all such arrangements as may be necessary for the purchase of such quantities of any essential commodity as may be required in Sri Lanka at any time. Such purchases may be made either within or outside Sri Lanka as the Controller in his discretion may decide; and payment therefor shall be made out of such moneys as may be provided for the purpose.

6. Registration of importers and stores.

(1) The Controller shall keep a register of importers of every essential commodity.

(2) Where any scheduled commodity has been declared to be an essential commodity by Order under section 3, the Controller shall cause to be published in the Gazette and in at least two newspapers circulating in Sri Lanka a notice requiring all importers of that commodity to register themselves and the premises, if any, at which their stocks are kept, before a date specified in such notice.

(3) Any person who at any time after the date specified in the notice published under subsection (2) makes application to the Controller in that behalf may be registered as an importer of an essential commodity.

(4) Every application for registration shall be made to the Controller in the prescribed form. No charge shall be made for the registration of any importer or of the premises (hereinafter referred to as the "registered store”) at which he keeps his stocks of the essential commodity which he imports.

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