SIGIRIYA HERITAGE FOUNDATION ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

Establishment of the Sigiriya Heritage Foundation

2. Establishment of Sigiriya Heritage Foundation.

3. Objects of the Foundation.

4. Powers of the Foundation.

5. Constitution of the Foundation.

6. Administration of Foundation.

7. Constitution of the Board.

8. Seal of the Foundation.

PART II

Appointment of the Chief Administrative Officer and Staff of the Foundation

9. Appointment of the Chief Officer of the Foundation.

10. Officers and servants of the Foundation.

11. Service to the Foundation service to the Government for the purpose of certain contracts.

12. Appointment of public officers to the staff of the Foundation.

PART III

Finance

13. Fund of the Foundation.

14. Amendment to Central Cultural Fund Act, No. 57 of 1980.

15. The board cause proper books of accounts to be kept.

16. Minister to exempt the Foundation from payment of Tax.

PART IV

General

17. Powers of Minister in relation to the Board.

18. State property both movable and immovable to be made available to the Foundation.

19. Board's report to be placed before Parliament.

20. Foundation deemed to be a Scheduled Institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

21. Members of the Board and officers and servants of the Foundation deemed to be public servants.

22. Protection of action taken under this Act.

23. Rules.

24. Sinhala text to Prevail in case of inconsistency.

25. Interpretation.

62 of 1998.

AN ACT to establish a foundation called the Sigiriya Heritage Foundation to preserve and promote the cultural and Archaeological Heritage of Sigiriya World Heritage Site and its environs; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 28th December, 1998]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Sigiriya Heritage Foundation Act.

PART I

Establishment Of The Sigiriya Heritage Foundation

2. Establishment of Sigiriya Heritage Foundation.

(1) There shall be established a foundation which shall be called the Sigiriya Heritage Foundation (hereinafter referred to as the "Foundation”).

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

3. Objects of the Foundation.

The objects of the Foundation shall be—

(a) to promote the preservation, conservation, and development, of the cultural, archaeological and natural heritage of the Sigiriya World Heritage Site and its environs;

(b) to promote interest among the people of Sri Lanka and abroad, in Sigiriya and to educate the people on the conservation and preservation of the Sigiriya World Heritage Site and its environs;

(c) to provide access to, and facilities for, the appreciation of, the Sigiriya World Heritage Site and its environs;

(d) to promote the general welfare of the people residing in the environs of the Sigiriya World Heritage Site, by the development of, education, accommodation, and medical facilities;

(e) to co-ordinate and collaborate with international professional organisations such as UNESCO, ICCORM, ICOMOS, ICOM AND IUCN;

(f) to organise and facilitate the holding of study courses, workshops and seminars to educate people about the Sigiriya World Heritage Site and its environs;

(g) to establish and maintain, educational institutions, museums, research centres, libraries and places providing information services, to facilitate the study of the cultural, Archaeological and natural Heritage of the Sigiriya World Heritage Site and its environs;

(h) to undertake and to fund, research on various facets of the Sigiriya World Heritage Site and to publish the results of such research;

(i) to publish journals, books, pamphlets, and newsletters, with a view to promoting the objects of the Foundation; and

(j) to do such other acts or things as may be necessary for the attainment of all or any of the above objects of the Foundation.

4. Powers of the Foundation.

(1) The Foundation shall subject to the provisions of this Act have the following powers—

(a) to acquire and hold property, movable or immovable, which may become vested in it under this Act or by virtue of any purchase, grant, gift, testamentary disposition or otherwise, and subject to any trust attaching to such property, to sell, mortgage, lease, exchange or otherwise dispose of the same:

Provided however that no immovable property of the Foundation shall be sold without the prior written approval of the Minister;

(b) to enter into and perform, all such contracts as may be necessary for carrying out the objects of the Foundation;

(c) to levy such charges as the Foundation may from time to time determine, in consultation with the Central Cultural Fund, for the admission of the visitors to the property of the Foundation or any part thereof or for the use by such visitors, of any such property;

(d) to receive or collect, gifts, grants or donations, in cash or kind from persons or organisations for the development of Sigiriya World Heritage Site and its environs;

(e) to establish, maintain, and develop, places for religious observances and places of accommodation and public amenities in the Sigiriya World Heritage Site and its environs, subject to the directions of Department of Archaeology, the Urban Development Authority, local authorities and of the Ceylon Tourist Board;

(f) to make, draw, accept, endorse, negotiate, buy, sell and issue bills of exchange, cheques, promissory notes and other negotiable instruments and to open and maintain, current, savings, and deposit accounts in any bank or banks;

(g) to borrow, with or without security, moneys necessary for carrying out its objects;

(h) to invest any moneys belonging to the Foundation including any unapplied income, in any security which under the provisions of section 20 of the Trusts Ordinance, or of any other written law, it is lawful to invest trust moneys, or to invest any such moneys in the purchase of immovable property in Sri Lanka, or vary such investment or place in fixed deposits in any bank, any portion of such moneys not required for immediate expenditure; and

(i) to appoint professional and other staff on such schemes of recruitment as may be determined by the Board of Management established under section 6.

5. Constitution of the Foundation.

The Foundation shall consist of the following—

(a) ex-officio members namely—

(i) the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister incharge of the subject of Cultural Affairs or any other person nominated by him in writing;

(ii) the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister incharge of the subject of Tourism or any other person nominated by him in writing;

(iii) the Director-General of Archaeology;

(iv) the Director-General of the Central Cultural Fund;

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