SRI LANKA SAHITYA MANDALAYA ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment and incorporation of the Sri Lanka Sahitya Mandalaya.

3. Objects of the Mandalaya.

4. Contribution to the Mandalaya by the Government.

5. Powers of the Mandalaya.

6. Application of property, money, of the Mandalaya.

7. Members of the Mandalaya.

8. Resignation of members.

9. Vacation of office by members.

10. President and Vice-President.

11. Election of Fellows, Honorary Fellows and Associate Fellows of the Mandalaya.

12. Meetings of the Mandalaya.

13. Executive Committee of the Mandalaya.

14. Panels.

15. Appointment of officers and servants.

16. Fund of Mandalaya.

17. Accounts, Audits and annual reports.

18. Minutes.

19. Books to be kept at the head office.

20. General and Special directions by the Minister.

21. Acts of the Mandalaya, Executive Committee, and Panels.

22. Seal of the Mandalaya.

23. Remuneration of members.

24. Rules.

31 of 1958,

13 of 1965.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment and incorporation of the Sri Lanka Sahitya Mandalaya and for matters connected therewith.

[Date of Commencement: 16th September, 1958]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Sri Lanka Sahitya Mandalaya Act.

[S 1 am by s 2 of Act 13 of 1965.]

2. Establishment and incorporation of the Sri Lanka Sahitya Mandalaya. 

(1) There shall be established, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, an institution which shall be called the Sri Lanka Sahitya Mandalaya hereinafter referred to as the Mandalaya.

(2) The persons who for the time being members of the Mandalaya under the provisions of section 7 shall be a body corporate with the name "Sri Lanka Sahitya Mandalaya”, and such body shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in such name.

(3) The headquarters of the Mandalaya shall be in Colombo or at such other place in Sri Lanka as may be determined by the Mandalaya.

3. Objects of the Mandalaya. 

(1) The shall be—

(a) to secure co-operation among men of letters for the development of literature in the national languages;

(b) to encourage or cause translations of literary works in foreign languages to be made into the national languages and translations of literary works in the national languages to be made into foreign languages;

(c) to assist individuals and bodies of persons in the publication of literary works, including bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias and other works of reference, in the national languages, and, where necessary, to undertake such publication;

[S 3(1)(c ) am by s 3 of Act 13 of 1965.]

(d) to sponsor or hold conferences and seminars for the study of literature in the national languages, and exhibitions of literary works in the national languages, on an all island or on a regional basis, and otherwise to encourage and foster the study of such literature among the people;

(e) to award prizes and distinctions and to give recognition to authors of literary works of outstanding merit in the national languages;

(f) to edit and publish such literary works written in Sri Lanka in the national languages or in Pali or Sanskrit as have not hitherto received sufficient attention; and

(g) to exchange cultural missions with other countries and to establish relations with international organisations in the field of letters.

(2) In subsection (1) the expression "national languages” means the Sinhala and Tamil languages.

4. Contribution to the Mandalaya by the Government.

There shall be paid to the Mandalaya out of the Consolidated Fund an initial contribution of one hundred thousand rupees for the purpose of defraying the preliminary expenses, and providing the working capital, of the Mandalaya, and such further contributions as may from time to time be approved by resolution of Parliament.

[S 4 am by s 4 of Act 13 of 1965.]

5. Powers of the Mandalaya. 

The Mandalaya shall have power—

(a) to acquire and hold any movable or immovable property, and to sell, grant, convey, devise, assign, exchange or otherwise dispose of or mortgage any such property, and to invest its funds in such manner as may be necessary or expedient for the furtherance of its objects; and

(b) to perform all such acts as may be necessary for, or incidental to, the carrying out of its objects.

6. Application of property, money, of the Mandalaya.

All property acquired or held by the Mandalaya and all moneys paid to or received by the Mandalaya shall be used and applied by the Mandalaya in furtherance of its objects.

7. Members of the Mandalaya.

(1) The Mandalaya shall consist of the following members—

(a) five persons, two of whom shall respectively be designated President and Vice-President of the Mandalaya, appointed as such by the Minister;

(b) every person for the time being holding office as the Chairman of any Panel appointed in accordance with the provisions of section 14, if such person is not already a member of the Mandalaya.

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