SRI LANKA INSTITUTE OF
TEXTILE AND APPAREL ACt

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

Establishment of the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel

2. Establishment of the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel.

3. Constitution of the Board of Governors.

4. Objects of the Institute.

5. Powers, duties and functions of the Institute.

6. Board to exercise, discharge and performs its powers, duties and functions in compliance with the general policy of the Government.

7. Delegation.

PART II

Appointment of the Director-General, Directors and the Staff of the Institute

8. Director-General and Directors of the Institute.

9. Staff of the Institute.

10. Appointment of public officers to the Staff of the Institute.

PART III

Finance

11. Fund of the Institute.

12. Staff Development Fund.

13. Borrowing powers of the Institute.

14. Financial year and the audit of accounts of the Institute.

15. Application of Part II of the Finance Act, No. 38 of 1971.

16. Board to prepare an annual report of its activities.

PART IV

General

17. Entry and inspection of buildings and premises.

18. Power to require information.

19. Directions of the Minister.

20. Acquisition of immovable property under the Land Acquisition Act for the Institute.

21. State property both movable and immovable to be made available to the Institute.

22. Expenses incurred to be paid out of the Fund.

23. No writ to be issued against a member etc.

24. Offences.

25. Institute deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

26. Members, Director-General, Directors, officers and employees of the Institute deemed to be public servants.

27. Rules.

28. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

29. Interpretation.

PART V

Repeals and Savings

30. Repeal of Act No. 3 of 1984 and Act No. 4 of 1984.

SCHEDULE

12 of 2009.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel; to provide for the development and sustainability of the Textile and Apparel Industry; to conduct training programmes and workshops in textile and clothing technology, management and related areas for local and foreign students; to provide technical and consultancy services to foreign countries; to provide for the repeal of the clothing industry training institute Act, No. 3 of 1984 and the Textile Training and Services Centre Act, No. 4 of 1984 and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 20th March, 2009]

1. Short title and date of operation.

This Act may be cited as the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel Act and the provisions of this Act other than this section, shall come into operation on such date (hereinafter referred to as the "appointed date”) as the Minister may appoint by Order published in the Gazette. The provisions of this section shall come into effect in terms of paragraph (1)
of Article 80 of the Constitution on the date on which the certificate of the speaker is endorsed.

PART I

Establishment of the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel

2. Establishment of the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel.

There shall be established an Institute called the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel (hereinafter referred to as the "Institute”) which shall, by the name assigned to it by this section, be a body corporate and have perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

3. Constitution of the Board of Governors.

(1) The Institute shall have a Board of Governors (hereinafter referred to as "the Board”) consisting of—

(a) the following ex-officio members, namely—

(i) the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Textile and Apparel Industry or any other officer of such Ministry nominated by such Minister, who shall be the Chairman of the Board;

(ii) an officer from the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion, nominated by such Minister;

(iii) an officer from the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Industries, nominated by such Minister;

(iv) an officer from the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Higher Education, nominated by such Minister;

(v) an officer from the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance, nominated by such Minister; and

(b) the following members to be appointed by the Minister (hereinafter referred to as "the appointed members”)—

(i) two persons from among those engaged in the textile manufacturing industry and textile exporting industry;

(ii) three persons to represent the Joint Apparel Associations Forum incorporated under the Companies Act, No. 17 of 1982;

(iii) two persons to represent academic or professional institutions engaged in conducting academic courses or training relating to textile or clothing technology.

(2) The Board shall be responsible for the administration of the affairs of the Institute.

(3) The provisions of the Schedule to this Act shall have effect in relation to the term of office of the members of the Board, the remuneration payable to the members, meetings of the Board and the Seal of the Board.

4. Objects of the Institute.

The objects for which the Institute is established shall be to—

(a) conduct post graduate and degree programmes and to provide Diploma level education, training and consultancy and technical services to those in the textile and apparel industry;

(b) establish national standards in textile and clothing technology, management and other related areas and award certificates in respect of the same;

(c) assist the Government in the formulation of a national policy on textile and apparel industry;

(d) link up with foreign institutions, industries and laboratories and to provide accreditation and laboratory services and conduct high level of courses maintaining high standards in respect of the same;

(e) form affiliations with local and foreign universities and institutions with a view of awarding degrees, post graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in the fields related to the textile and apparel industry;

(f) carry out research and promote product development in the textile and apparel industry in collaboration with State Institutions, local and foreign academic organisations, institutions and industries;

(g) offer testing and other related technical consultancy services in fields related to the textile and apparel industry on a fee levying basis to local and foreign institutions and to local and foreign students;

(h) conduct market surveys, technical and economic feasibility studies, project appraisals and valuations on plant and machinery used in the textile and apparel industry;

(i) maintain a data base containing information relating to the production, import and export and other technical information relating to the textile and apparel industry; and

(j) issue conformity certificates to those engaged in the textile and apparel industry on international, national and company compliance system standards.

5. Powers, duties and functions of the Institute.

In the administration of the affairs of the Institute, the Board shall exercise, perform and discharge the following powers, duties and functions—

(a) conduct, assist, co-ordinate and encourage research into all aspects of the textile and apparel industry;

(b) enter into agreements with local and foreign institutions and laboratories for accreditation services and to establish standards for testing services;

(c) enter into agreements with local and foreign universities and other professional institutions, to provide education and training in all aspects relating to the textile and apparel industry;

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