SRI LANKA TEA BOARD LAW

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of the Sri Lanka Tea Board.

3. Board to be a body corporate and have power to acquire property.

4. Objects and general powers of the Board.

5. Board to be subject to the directions of the Minister.

5A. Tea Council.

5B. Function of the Council.

5C. Duties of Council.

6. Constitution of the Board.

7. Meetings of the Board.

8. Special powers of the Board.

9. Appointment of Tea Commissioner and abolition of the offices of Tea Controller and Commissioner of Tea Exports.

10. Appointment of public officers.

11. Officers and servants of the Board deemed to be public servants.

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

13. Levy of cess on tea.

14. Capital Fund.

15. Application of the provisions of the Public Corporations (Financial Control) Act.

16. Special duty of the Board.

17. Acquisition of property for any purpose of the Board.

18. Transfer to the Board of all property of the Tea Control Department.

19. Repealed.

20. Special provisions relating to certain public officers.

21. Provisions relating to public officers who give notice under section 20.

22. Computation of pensionable service.

23. Provisions relating to persons in receipt of pensions and employed by the Board.

24. Offences.

25. Regulations.

26. Repealed.

27. Repealed.

28. Repealed.

29. Repealed.

30. Repealed.

31. Interpretation.

14 of 1975,

10 of 1983,

17 of 1985,

44 of 1990,

29 of 2003,

44 of 2006.

A LAW to provide for the establishment of the Sri Lanka Tea Board and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 1st January, 1976]

1. Short title.

This Law may be cited as the Sri Lanka Tea Board Law.

2. Establishment of the Sri Lanka Tea Board.

There shall be established, in accordance with the provisions of this Law, a Board which shall be called and known as the Sri Lanka Tea Board, hereinafter referred to as "the Board”.

3. Board to be a body corporate and have power to acquire property.

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

(2) The Board shall have the power to acquire and hold or to manage property, both movable and immovable, and to sell and dispose of the same, to enter into contracts, and otherwise to do and perform all such acts or things as may be necessary for carrying out the provisions of this Law.

4. Objects and general powers of the Board.

(1) The objects of the Board shall be the promotion, by such measures as it thinks fit, of the development of the tea industry in Sri Lanka.

(2) The Board shall be the authority responsible for regulating the activities of the tea industry in Sri Lanka, and without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of subsection (1) and the other provisions of this Law, may take measures—

(a) to regulate the production and cultivation of new areas in tea, the replanting of existing estates and small holdings with high yielding material, the rehabilitation of estates and small holdings, the diversification of estates and small holdings by the establishment and operation of livestock industries, and the replacement of tea on such estates and small holdings by other crops;

(b) to regulate the establishment and operation of tea factories;

(c) to regulate the conduct of tea auctions;

(d) to regulate the sale of tea, the export of tea and the arrangements and payments relating to shipping, freight, brokerage, warehouse or any other charges incurred in the sale of tea abroad;

(e) to assist and encourage the marketing of tea in and outside Sri Lanka and to promote the demand for and the consumption of tea in the world markets;

(f) to conduct, assist and encourage scientific and technological research into, and investigations of, all problems and matters affecting the production and manufacture of tea, the control of pests and diseases of tea and the improvement of the quality of tea, and to publish and disseminate information relating to the results of such research in its discretion;

(g) to conduct, assist and encourage research into the economic state of the tea industry including future economic trends in the industry in Sri Lanka and elsewhere

(h) to secure or to facilitate the securing of supplies of machinery, equipment and other commodities needed for the development of the tea industry in Sri Lanka;

(i) to provide financial, advisory or other assistance to persons engaged in the growing or manufacture of tea;

(j) to safeguard the interests of the workers in the tea industry so as to foster increased performance as well as to ensure their economic and social well being;

(k) to collect statistics from growers, manufacturers, dealers or other persons on any matter relating to the tea industry, and to publish such statistics in its discretion;

(l) to regulate, control and direct all institutions and organisations engaged in the management of tea estates and in the production and marketing of tea;

[S 4(2)(l) am by s 2 of Act 29 of 2003.]

(m) to provide the necessary liaison between the tea industry and the departments of Government or State Corporations, in order to promote and co-ordinate action for the development of the tea industry in Sri Lanka;

[S 4(2)(m) am by s 2 of Act 29 of 2003.]

(n) to prepare manuals containing information relating to the various schemes provided for under this Law;

[S 4(2)(n) ins by s 2 of Act 29 of 2003.]

(o) to enter into agreements for co-operation with other institutions, whether in Sri Lanka or abroad, having objects wholly or partly similar to those of the Board, for the furtherance of their common objects:

[S 4(2)(o) ins by s 2 of Act 29 of 2003.]

(p) to advise the Minister on policies relating to the tea industry;

[S 4(2)(p) ins by s 2 of Act 29 of 2003.]

(q) to promote investment in the tea industry; and

[S 4(2)(q) ins by s 2 of Act 29 of 2003.]

(r) to collect and disseminate data on the tea industry.

[S 4(2)(r) ins by s 2 of Act 29 of 2003.]

5. Board to be subject to the directions of the Minister.

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), the Board shall, in the exercise of its powers, the performance of its duties and the discharge of its functions, be subject to and act in accordance with such directions as the Minister may from time to time issue.

(2) In the exercise of its powers, in the performance of its duties and the discharge of its functions in relation to matters which fall under paragraphs (c), (d), (e), (g) and (m) of subsection (2) of section 4, the Board shall be subject to and act in accordance with such directions as the Minister, with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Trade, may from time to time issue.

5A. Tea Council.

(1) There shall be a Tea Council (hereinafter referred to as "the Council”) with not more than twenty members nominated by the Minister, from among persons who have a knowledge of, or experience in the tea industry, with special reference to planting, manufacture, sale, advertising and marketing, export and finance.

(2) A member of the Council may at any time resign from office by a letter in that behalf addressed to the Minister.

(3) The Minister may, at any time and without assigning a reason therefor, remove a member of the Council from office.

(4) Where a member of the Council vacates office by death, resignation or removal from office, the Minister may, having regard to the provisions of subsection (1), appoint another person to act in the place of such member. The member so appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the period of office of the member who he succeeds.

(5) Where a member of the Council is temporarily unable to discharge his functions due to illness, absence from Sri Lanka or other cause, the Minister may, having regard to the provisions of subsection 17, appoint another person to act in his place.

(6) Subject to the provisions of sub sections (2) and (3), the term of office of a member of the Council shall be three years.

(7) A member vacating office by effluxion of time shall be eligible for re-appointment.

(8) The Minister shall appoint a member of the Council as the Chairman of the Council and another member as a Vice-Chairman of the Council.

(9) The Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Council may resign from his office by a letter in that behalf addressed to the Minister.

(10) The Minister may, at any time and without assigning a reason there for, remove the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Council from office.

(11) The term of office of the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Council shall be the period of his membership of the Council.

(12) Where the Chairman of the Council is temporarily unable to discharge his functions due to illness, absence from Sri Lanka or other cause, the Minister may appoint another member of the Council to act in his place.

(13) The Council may regulate the procedure in regard to its meeting and the transaction of business at such meetings.

[S 5A ins by s 2 of Act 44 of 1990.]

5B. Function of the Council.

The function of the Council shall be to advice the Minister on all aspects of the tea industry, including planting, manufacture, sales and manufacture and export.

[S 5B ins by s 2 of Act 44 of 1990.]

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