WATER RESOURCES BOARD ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Establishment of the Water Resources Board.

3. Seal of the Board.

4. Constitution of the Board.

5. Chairman of the Board.

6. Quorum.

7. The procedure of the Board.

8. Remuneration of the Chairman and other members of the Board.

9. Officers and servants of the Board.

10. Secretariat to the Board.

11. Expenditure to be charged on the Consolidated Fund.

12. Duties of the Board.

13. Board may engage person, as Advisers.

14. Inter departmental Advisory Committee.

15. Board may call for information.

16. Rules.

17. Accounts and audit of accounts.

18. Powers of the Auditor-General and his assistants.

19. Report of the Board and copies of Auditor-General's report and statement of accounts to be sent to the Minister and laid before Parliament.

20. Punishments for offences.

21. Interpretation.

29 of 1964,

42 of 1999.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of a Water Resources Board, and to make provision for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 12th November, 1964]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Water Resources Board Act.

2. Establishment of the Water Resources Board.

(1) There shall be established in accordance with the provisions of this Act a Board which shall be called the Water Resources Board, hereinafter in this Act referred to as "the Board”.

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

3. Seal of the Board.

(1) The seal of the Board shall be in the custody of the Board, and may be altered in such manner as the Board may determine.

(2) The seal of the Board shall not be affixed to any instrument or document except in the presence of the Chairman of the Board who shall sign such instrument or document in token of his presence.

4. Constitution of the Board.

(1) The Board shall consist of not more than five members appointed by the Minister from persons who appear to the Minister to have had experience and shown capacity in Administration, Engineering, Irrigation, Electricity, Geology, Economics, Law or Hydrology:

Provided that the Minister shall not appoint as such member any person who is an employee of the Government or a member of the Local Government Service or an employee (other than a member of the Local Government Service) of any local authority, or an employee of any Public Corporation.

(2) The Minister may at any time, without assigning reason, remove from office any member of the Board.

(3) Each member of the Board shall, unless he vacates office earlier, hold office for a term of five years from the date of his appointment and shall be eligible for reappointment:

Provided that a person appointed as a member of the Board in succession to any person who has ceased to be a member of the Board before the expiry of his term of office shall, unless he vacates office earlier, hold office for the unexpired part of the term of office of the member whom he succeeds.

(4) A member of the Board shall be deemed to have vacated office—

(a) on sending his resignation in writing to the Minister; or

(b) on his removal from office by the Minister; or

(c) on the expiry of his term of office.

(5) Where any member of the Board becomes, by reason of illness or other infirmity or absence from Sri Lanka, temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, the Minister may appoint any person to act in his place.

[S 4(5) am by Sch of Act 42 of 1999.]

5. Chairman of the Board.

(1) The Minister shall appoint one of members of the Board to be the Chairman of the Board.

(2) If the Chairman of the Board becomes, by reason of illness or other infirmity or absence from Sri Lanka, temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, the Minister may appoint any other member of the Board to act in his place.

[S 5(2) am by Sch of Act 42 of 1999.]

(3) The Chairman of the Board shall preside at every meeting of the Board. In the absence of the Chairman from any meeting of the Board, the members of the Board attending that meeting shall elect from themselves a Chairman for that meeting.

6. Quorum.

The quorum for any meeting of the Board shall be three.

7. The procedure of the Board.

(1) Every question which comes up for consideration before the Board shall be dealt with at a meeting of the Board, and shall be determined by the majority of the members of the Board present and voting.

(2) In the event of an equality of votes on any question considered at a meeting of the Board, the Chairman of that meeting shall have a casting vote in addition to his original vote.

(3) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board may regulate its own procedure.

(4) No act or proceeding of the Board shall be invalid by reason of the existence of a vacancy among its members or any defect in the appointment of any of its members.

8. Remuneration of the Chairman and other members of the Board.

The Chairman and other members of the Board shall be entitled to receive such remuneration as the Minister may, with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance, determine.

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