Poor Relief ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Appointment of officers and servants.

3. Powers and duties of officers.

4. Application of this Act.

5. Declaration by person to whom this Act applies.

6. Power of Commissioner to call for information.

7. Power of Commissioner to discontinue poor relief.

8. Commissioner to communicate his decision.

9. Appeals.

10. Provisions regarding recovery of amounts required to be paid under section 7.

11. Offences.

12. Regulations.

32 of 1985.

AN ACT to make provision for the better regulation and administration of Poor Relief; and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 14th August, 1985]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Poor Relief Act.

2. Appointment of officers and servants.

(1)—

(a) There may be appointed, by name or by office, for the purposes of this Act, a Commissioner of Poor Relief (hereinafter referred to as the "Commissioner”);

(b) Until and unless a Commissioner is appointed under paragraph (a), the Director of Social Services shall exercise, perform and discharge, the powers, duties and functions, conferred or imposed on, or assigned to, the Commissioner by this Act.

(2) There shall be appointed, by name or by office such number of Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners of Poor Relief as may be necessary for the purposes of this Act.

(3) Every Government Agent may in relation to the administrative district to which his appointment relates, exercise, perform and discharge, the powers, duties and functions, conferred or imposed on, or assigned to, a Deputy Commissioner by this Act. Every Assistant Government Agent may, in relation to the administrative division to which his appointment relates, exercise, perform and discharge the powers, duties and functions conferred or imposed on, or assigned to, an Assistant Commissioner by this Act.

(4) Subject to subsection (3), any Deputy Commissioner or Assistant Commissioner may be appointed for the whole of Sri Lanka or for any part thereof.

(5) There may also be appointed such clerical and minor staff as may be necessary to assist the aforesaid officers in the administration of this Act

3. Powers and duties of officers.

(1) Every Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Poor Relief shall, in the exercise of his powers, the performance of his duties or the discharge of his functions, be subject to the general direction and control of the Commissioner.

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