Volume II
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Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Ceylon Coconut Board.

3. Powers and duties of the Board.

4. Allowance for expenses of members of the Board.

5. Minister to have general control.

6. Sales rooms.

7. Registration of auctioneers and brokers.

8. Sale to be conducted by registered auctioneer.

9. Registration of shippers, dealers and millers.

10. Stock-books to be kept by shippers, dealers and millers.

11. Returns.

12. Power of Board to call for information.

13. Returns to be verified by statutory declaration.

14. Particulars in returns to be treated as confidential.

15. Penalty for unlawful disclosure or publication of information.

16. Sale certificate.

17. Copra export licence.

18. Copra not to be exported except on licence.

19. Coconut oil export licence.

20. Coconut oil not to be exported except on licence.

20A. Desiccated Coconut not to be exported except on licence.

20B. Regulations relating to manufacture and export of desiccated Coconut.

21. Purchase of copra.

22. Repealed.

23. Repealed.

24. Budget of the Board.

25. Right of Inspection.

26. Protection of Officers.

27. Gratuities and provident fund.

28. Power of Minister to mitigate cases of hardship.

29. Offences and penalties.

30. Regulations.

31. Interpretation.

32. Saving of the rights of the Republic.

13 of 1935,

6 of 1936,

21 of 1938,

29 of 1956,

20 of 1962,

17 of 1967,

45 of 1984.

AN ORDINANCE to make provision for the relief of the Coconut Industry and for the marketing and exportation of the products of the Coconut Palm.

[Date of Commencement: 1st November, 1935]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Coconut Products Ordinance.

2. Ceylon Coconut Board.

(1) For the purposes of this Ordinance, there shall be established a Board styled "The Ceylon Coconut Board” which shall consist of a Chairman and eleven other members all of whom shall be appointed by the Minister.

(2) The Board shall be a body corporate and shall have perpetual succession and a common seal.

(3) The seal of the Board shall be authenticated in the prescribed manner and when so authenticated shall be judicially noticed.

(4) The Board may sue and be sued under the name and style of "The Ceylon Coconut Board”.

(5) The Board shall appoint a Manager and a Secretary.

(6) Service on the Board of all legal processes and notices may be effected by service on the Secretary of the Board. In civil proceedings, it shall be lawful for the Secretary to sign proxies on behalf of the Board.

(7) Five members of the Board excluding the Chairman or other presiding member shall form a quorum thereof; but subject to the provisions of this subsection the Board may act notwithstanding any vacancy in their number.

(8) The Chairman and every other member of the Board shall, upon. appointment, hold office for a period of three years; but the Minister may, notwithstanding the term of any such appointment, remove the Chairman or any other member of the Board from office at any time:

Provided that it shall be lawful for the Chairman or any other member of the Board to resign therefrom at any time.

(9) Any person ceasing to be a member of the Board shall be eligible for reappointment thereto.

(10) The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Board at which he is present. In the absence of the Chairman from any meeting, the members present at the meeting may, subject to the provisions of subsection (7), elect one of their own members to be Chairman at that meeting.

(11) The Chairman may summon a meeting of the Board at any time and shall summon a meeting upon receipt of a requisition therefor signed by three members of the Board.

(12) All questions shall be decided by a majority of the members voting at a meeting of the Board. The Chairman or presiding member shall have an original vote on all questions as well as a casting vote if the votes be equally divided.

(13) A member of the Board who is absent without reasonable cause from three consecutive meetings of the Board may, by resolution of the Board passed at a meeting of which notice has been duly given, be held to have vacated his office; and, upon the passing of any such resolution, the ember affected by that resolution shall cease to be a member of the Board.

(14) The Board may regulate its own procedure in any matters not provided for in this Ordinance or in the regulations made thereunder.

3. Powers and duties of the Board.

The Board shall have full power and authority:

(1) to acquire and hold property, movable or immovable, and to sell, transfer, lease, mortgage or otherwise dispose of such property;

(2) to appoint, employ and remunerate and control its officers and servants and to direct and decide all matters connected with the administration of its affairs;

(3) to take such steps as it may consider necessary both in and outside Sri Lanka, to advertise Sri Lanka Coconut products, to create, promote, encourage and further the demand for such products in the markets of the world, and to initiate, finance, support and supervise propaganda work for such purposes or for other purposes connected therewith or incidental thereto;

(4) to take such steps as it may consider necessary for the development or welfare of the Coconut industry by organising, assisting or participating in exhibitions or fairs in or outside Sri Lanka;

(5) to aid and finance local associations or co-operative societies formed for the advancement and support of the Coconut industry;

(6) to promote and subsidise the erection or extension of factories in which Coconut products are manufactured or used;

(6A) to grant financial assistance to manufacturers of desiccated Coconut, in accordance with regulations that may be made in that behalf, for the purpose of enabling such manufacturers to improve the processes of milling in mills belonging to them;

[S 3(6A) ins by s 2 of Act 20 of 1962.]

(7) to investigate questions relating to freights and the export or transport of Coconut products and to make recommendations thereon to the Minister;

(8) to formulate for the consideration of the Minister schemes for the establishment, supervision, control and financial support of such institutions as may be or become necessary for the amelioration of the conditions of the Coconut industry;

(9) to receive and disburse moneys for the accomplishment of the objects for which it is established;

(10) to raise funds or capital and to borrow money whether on the security of its assets or otherwise;

(11) to establish, manage, supervise and support sales rooms and agencies for the sale of Coconut products both within and outside Sri Lanka;

(12) to formulate schemes to give effect to the objects and purposes of this Ordinance;

(13) to enter into contracts and generally to do all such things as may be necessary for the due exercise of the powers conferred and for due compliance with the duties imposed upon it by this Ordinance or by the regulations made thereunder.

4. Allowance for expenses of members of the Board.

No member of the Board shall receive any remuneration, reward or fee for his services as a member of the Board or as an officer thereof except such amount as may be prescribed by way of an allowance to meet expenses which he may incur in the discharge of his duties as a member or as an officer of the Board including the expenses of travelling to and from the meetings of the Board.

5. Minister to have general control.

Save as is otherwise expressly provided in this Ordinance and in the regulations made thereunder, the Board shall be under the general direction and control of the Minister.

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