RATNAPURA BUDDHIST SOCIETY (InCorporation) ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Incorporation of the Ratnapura Buddhist Society.

3. General objects of the Corporation.

4. Board of Governors.

5. Management of affairs of the Corporation.

6. Establishment of Boards.

7. Ratnapura Buddhist Educational Board.

8. Powers of the Board of Governors.

9. Power to make rules.

10. Rules in the Schedule to be rules of the Corporation.

11. Procedure for amendment of rules.

12. Finality of decision taken.

13. Property to be vested in the Corporation.

14. Debts due by and payable to the Society.

15. How seal of the Corporation is to be affixed.

16. Corporation may hold property movable or immovable.

17. Saving of the rights of the Republic and others.

SCHEDULE

9 of 1983.

AN ACT to incorporate the Ratnapura Buddhist Society.

[Date of Commencement: 10th February, 1983]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Ratnapura Buddhist Society (Incorporation) Act.

2. Incorporation of the Ratnapura Buddhist Society.

From and after the date of commencement of this Act, such and so many persons as now are members of the Ratnapura Buddhist Society Ltd., (hereinafter referred to as "the Society”), and shall hereafter be admitted members of the Corporation hereby constituted, shall be and become a body corporate (hereinafter referred to as the "Corporation”) with perpetual succession under the style and name of "the Ratnapura Buddhist Society” and by that name shall and may sue and be sued in all courts with full power and authority to have and use a common seal and alter the same at its pleasure.

3. General objects of the Corporation.

The general objects for which the Corporation is constituted are hereby declared to be—

(a) to take all necessary steps to promote the study of Buddhism;

(b) to establish unity and co-operation among Buddhists;

(c) to work in harmony with other Buddhist societies for the advancement of Buddhism;

(d) to encourage the practical observance of Buddhism and propagate Buddhism;

(e) to work towards the advancement of the physical, intellectual and social welfare of the members; and

(f) to give financial aid and offer scholarship to those Buddhist students and Bhikkus residing in the district of Ratnapura who are clever, intelligent and able to pursue higher studies but are prevented from doing so, due to their economic conditions.

4. Board of Governors.

(1) There shall be a Board of Governors of the Corporation consisting of twelve members, two of whom shall be the President of the Corporation and the President of the Ratnapura Buddhist Educational Board, by virtue of their office.

(2) The first Board of Governors of the Corporation shall consist of the following members who are the members of the Board of Governors of the Society at the time of the coming into operation of this Act—

1. The Hon R S Wanasundara, Judge of the Supreme Court;

2. The Hon E A D Atukorale, Judge of the Court of Appeal;

3. Harold Weragama, Esq;

4. G S Marapana, Esq;

5. A P B Manamperi, Esq;

6. A M B Weligepola, Esq;

7. W K Premaratne, Esq;

8. H D H Wijegooneratne, Esq;

9. B H Bulathsinhala, Esq;

10. Harry Weerasekera, Esq;

Ex Officio

11. The President, Ratnapura Buddhist Society Ltd., presently G K Ratnasekera, Esq;

12. The President, Ratnapura Buddhist Educational Board, presently P Marapana, Esq.

(3) Any vacancy in the Board of Governors other than that of ex officio members of the Corporation shall be filled by the Corporation at a General Meeting with the approval of the other members of the Board of Governors.

5. Management of affairs of the Corporation.

(1) The affairs of the Corporation shall, subject to the rules of the Corporation, be administered by the Committee of Management consisting of the office-bearers and such other members as may be provided for in such rules and elected in accordance therewith.

(2) The first Committee of Management of the Corporation shall be the Committee of Management of the Society holding office at the time of coming into operation of this Act.

6. Establishment of Boards.

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