SEAMEN'S WELFARE FUND ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Application of this Act.

PART I

Establishment of Seamen's Welfare Fund Board

3. Establishment of Seamen's Welfare Fund.

4. Establishment of Seamen's Welfare Fund Board.

5. Members of the Board.

6. Remuneration of members of the Board.

7. The objects of the Board.

8. Powers of the Board.

PART II

Finance

9. Financial year and audit of accounts.

10. Investments of moneys of the Fund.

11. Exemption of Fund from certain taxes.

PART III

Contributions

12. Membership of the Fund.

13. Normal contributions.

14. Contributions to the Fund.

15. Interest on contributions.

16. Payment of moneys out of the Fund.

17. Employer to pay surcharge where any contributions have not been paid.

PART IV

Staff Of The Board

18. Appointment of officers and servants.

PART V

General

19. Members and employees of the Board deemed to be public servants.

20. The Board deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

21. Power of the Minister to give special or general directions to the Board.

22. Protection for action taken under this Act or on the direction of the Board.

23. No writ to issue against person or property of a member of the Board.

24. Offences.

25. Regulations.

26. Interpretation.

24 of 1984.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of a fund called the Seamen's Welfare Fund and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 20th June, 1984]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Seamen's Welfare Fund Act.

2. Application of this Act.

(1) The provisions of this Act shall apply to every Sri Lankan who signs Articles in Sri Lanka with a local or foreign ship-owner or agent of such ship-owner as the case may be.

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), this Act shall not apply to any seaman or the employee of such seaman both of whom contribute to a Government approved provident fund scheme.

PART I

Establishment of Seamen's Welfare Fund Board

3. Establishment of Seamen's Welfare Fund.

There shall be established a Fund called the Seamen's Welfare Fund (hereinafter referred to as the "Fund”).

4. Establishment of Seamen's Welfare Fund Board.

(1) With effect from such date as the Minister may appoint by notification published in the Gazette there shall be established a Board called the Seamen's Welfare Fund Board (hereinafter referred to as the "Board”).

(2) The Board shall be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal and may in its name and be sued.

5. Members of the Board.

(1) The Board shall consist of the following five members appointed by the Minister:

(a) one member nominated by the Minister to whom the subject of Shipping has been assigned;

(b) the Director of Merchant Shipping;

(c) the Chief Accountant of the Ministry of the Minister to whom the subject of Shipping has been assigned;

(d) one member nominated by the Minister to whom the subject of Labour has been assigned; and

(e) one member to represent the seamen.

(2) The Chairman of the Board shall be appointed by the Minister.

(3) The Minister may, if he thinks it expedient to do so, remove any member of the Board from office without assigning any reason therefor,

(4) A member of the Board who has been removed from office, shall not be eligible for reappointment as a member of the Board.

(5) A member of the Board may at any time resign his office by written communication addressed to the Minister.

(6) If the Chairman or any member of the Board is temporarily unable to discharge the duties of his office on account of ill-health or absence from Sri Lanka or any other cause, the Minister may appoint another person to act in his place.

(7) Every member of the Board shall, unless he earlier vacates office by death, resignation or removal, hold office for a period of three years. Any member of the Board who vacates office by effluxion of time shall be eligible for reappointment.

(8) If any member of the Board vacates his office prior to the expiration of his term of office, his successor shall, unless such successor vacates his office earlier, hold office for the unexpired portion of the term of office of the person whom he succeeds.

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