RICE RESERVES ORDINANCE

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Application of Ordinance to establishments, estates, employers and contractors.

3. Meaning of "prescribed date”.

4. Duty of Managers, employers to furnish returns.

5. Duty of proprietors of estates to furnish returns.

6. Power to require particulars to be furnished.

7. Registration of dealers.

8. Orders requiring reserves to be kept.

9. Alteration and rescission of orders.

10. Power of Controller to grant exemptions in the case of importers of rice.

11. Cancellation of registration of dealer.

12. Special regulations as to storage.

13. Powers of entry and examination.

14. Books registers.

15. Verification of returns and applications.

16. Special provisions as to signatures on orders, notices.

17. Ordinance to be administered under general directions of the Controller.

18. Offences and penalties.

19. Power to sanction prosecutions and to compound offences.

20. Authorised officers.

21. Regulations.

22. Interpretation.

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52 of 1941.

AN ORDINANCE to make provision for the maintenance of reserve stocks of rice by dealers, estates, employers of labour and government contractors, and for such purpose to supplement the provisions of the Essential Commodities Reserves Ordinance, No. 5 of 19391, and for other matters connected with or incidental to the purposes aforesaid.

[Date of Commencement: 12th December, 1941]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Rice Reserves Ordinance, and shall be in operation in every such area (hereinafter referred to as a "proclaimed area”) as may for the time being be specified by the Minister by Order published in the Gazette to be an area in which the provisions of this Ordinance shall apply.1

2. Application of Ordinance to establishments, estates, employers and contractors.

For the purposes of this Ordinance—

"establishment to which this Ordinance applies” means any establishment, situated in a proclaimed area, at which the average amount of rice used or consumed each month for the supply of meals is equal to or greater than ten bushels;

"estate to which this Ordinance applies” means any land, situated in a proclaimed area, of which ten or more acres are actually cultivated and on which not less than forty persons are usually resident, whether or not such persons are actually employed on the land in any capacity, and includes an estate as defined in section 3 of the Estate Labour (Indian) Ordinance;

"employer to whom this Ordinance applies” means an employer, (not being the manager of an establishment to which this Ordinance applies or the proprietor of an estate to which this Ordinance applies), who supplies rice or is under any contract or obligation to supply rice whether cooked or uncooked, at any place or premises in a proclaimed area to persons employed by him, and who, for the purposes of such supply, uses on an average each month a quantity of rice equal to or greater than ten bushels;

"contractor to whom this Ordinance applies” means any person who, at any time after the provisions of this Ordinance come into operation in a proclaimed area, enters into a contract for the supply and delivery, in that area of rice, whether cooked or uncooked, to any hospital or establishment maintained by the Government, or to any State prison or to any of the armed forces.

3. Meaning of "prescribed date”.

(1) Upon the publication in the Gazette of an Order under section 1 in respect of any area, the Controller shall, by notice published in accordance with the provisions of subsection (2), specify, in relation to that area, a date on or before which returns shall be made under section 4(1) or section 5(1), as the case may be, by Managers of establishments, employers, contractors, and proprietors of estates; and for the purposes of the application of any of the provisions of section 4 or section 5 in the case of that area, any reference in any such provision to "the prescribed date” shall be deemed to be a reference to the date so specified by the Controller.

(2) Every notice under subsection (1) shall be published in the Gazette and in at least one Sinhala, one Tamil and one English newspaper.

4. Duty of Managers, employers to furnish returns.

(1) On or before the prescribed date—

(a) the Manager of every establishment to which this Ordinance applies;

(b) every employer to whom this Ordinance applies; and

(c) every contractor to whom this Ordinance applies,

shall furnish to the Government Agent a return containing such particulars as the Government Agent may require for the purposes of this Ordinance.

(2) Every person who, on any date subsequent to the prescribed date, becomes the Manager of an establishment to which this Ordinance applies or an employer to whom this Ordinance applies or a contractor to whom this Ordinance applies, shall, within ten days of that date, furnish to the Government Agent a return containing such particulars as the Government Agent may require for the purposes of this Ordinance.

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