RESETTLEMENT AUTHORITY ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

Establishment of the Resettlement Authority

2. Establishment of the Resettlement Authority.

3. Constitution of the Board of Directors.

4. Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Authority.

5. Terms of office of appointed members and their removal and resignation.

6. Disqualification for being appointed as a member.

7. Quorum.

8. Vacancy among directors not to invalidate acts, of the Board.

9. Remuneration of members.

10. Authority to comply with the general policy of the Government.

11. Seal of the Authority.

12. Establishment of Branch offices.

PART II

Objectives, Functions and Powers

13. Objectives of the Authority.

14. Functions of the Authority.

15. Powers of the Authority.

16. Powers of the Authority to enter into any agreement.

17. Empowering of persons to act for Authority outside Sri Lanka.

18. Compulsory of acquisition of land.

19. State property both immovable and immovable to be made available to the Authority.

PART III

Finance

20. Fund of the Authority.

Staff of the Authority

21. Director General.

22. Staff of the Authority.

23. Appointment of officers and servants of public Corporations to the staff of the Authority.

General

24. Delegation of powers of the Board.

25. Authority not to transact business with enterprises in which a member has interest, unless approved by the Minister.

26. Directions of the Minister.

27. Authority deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

28. Members, officers and servants of the authority deemed to be public servants.

29. Protection for action taken under this Act, or on the direction of the Authority.

30. Regulations.

31. Rules.

32. Act, to be operative for a period of nine years.

33. Exemption of Authority from payments of duties etc.

34. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

35. Interpretation.

9 of 2007,

10 of 2013.

AN ACT to provide for the Establishment of an authority to be called the Resettlement Authority to vest the authority with the power to formulate a national policy and to plan, implement, monitor and co-ordinate the resettlement of the internally displaced persons and refugees; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 23rd March, 2007]

1. Short title.

This Act, may be cited as the Resettlement Authority Act.

PART I

Establishment of the Resettlement Authority

2. Establishment of the Resettlement Authority.

(1) There shall be established a body called Resettlement Authority (hereinafter referred to as "the Authority”).

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

3. Constitution of the Board of Directors.

The Management of the affairs of the Authority shall be vested in a Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as "the Board”) consisting of—

(a) two ex- officio members, namely—

(i) the Secretary to the Treasury or his representative; and

(ii) the Secretary to the Minister of the Minister in charge of the subject of Plan Implementation or his representative; and

(b) seven members appointed as Directors by the Minister from among persons possessing proven expertise in the areas of resettlement, relocation, rehabilitation, infrastructure development, finance and provincial administration (hereinafter referred to as "appointed members”).

4. Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Authority.

(1) The Minister shall appoint, from among the appointed members, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Authority.

(2) The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall hold office for a term of three years and shall be eligible for
re- appointment.

(3) The Chairman shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Authority and shall preside at every meeting of the Authority and in the absence of the Chairman; the Vice-Chairman shall preside at any such meeting.

(4) Where the Chairman is temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office on account of ill health, absence from Sri Lanka or any other cause, the Vice-Chairman shall act in place of the Chairman.

5. Terms of office of appointed members and their removal and resignation.

(1) The term of office of an appointed member of the Board shall be three years.

(2) An appointed member may resign from his office by letter addressed to the Minister and such resignation shall be effective from the date on which it is accepted by the Minister.

(3) The Minister may for reasons assigned, remove an appointed member from office.

(4) An appointed member who has been removed from office shall not be eligible for reappointment as a member of the Board or to serve the Authority in any other capacity.

(5) Where a member of the Board dies, resigns or is removed from office the Minister shall, having regard to the provisions of section 5, appoint another member in his place.

6. Disqualification for being appointed as a member.

A person shall be disqualified from being appointed or from continuing as a member of the Authority, if he is—

(a) a member of Parliament, a member of a Provincial Council or a member of a local authority; or

(b) a person who, having been declared an insolvent or a bankrupt under any law in Sri Lanka or in any other country, is an undischarged insolvent or bankrupt; or

(c) serving or has served a sentence of imprisonment imposed by any Court in Sri Lanka or any other country;

(d) incapacitated by physical or mental illness; or

(e) otherwise unable or unfit to discharge the functions of a member.

7. Quorum.

The quorum for any meetings of the Board shall be five members and the Board may regulate the procedure in regard to the meetings of the Board and the transaction of business at such meetings.

8. Vacancy among directors not to invalidate acts of the Board.

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