Seva Vanitha Movement Of Sri Lanka (Incorporation)

Seva Vanitha Movement Of Sri Lanka (Incorporation)

WHEREAS a Movement called and known as the” Seva Vanitha Movement of Sri Lanka” has heretofore been established by the Women’s Bureau of Sri Lanka, for the purpose of effectually carrying out and transacting all objects and matters connected with the said Movement according to the Rules agreed to by its members:

AND whereas the said Movement. has heretofore successfully carried out and transacted the several objects and matters for which it was established, and has applied to be incorporated, and it will be for the public advantage to grant such application:

BE it enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows:

[13th March
, 1987
Short title.

1. This Act may be cited as the Seva Vanitha Movement of Sri Lanka (Incorporation) Act, No. 10 of 1987.

Incorporation of the Seva Vanitha Movement of Sri Lanka.

2. From and after the date of commencement of this Act, such and so many persons as now are members of the Seva Vanitha Movement of Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as “the Movement”), or shall hereafter be admitted members of the Corporation hereby constituted, shall be a body corporate, (hereinafter referred as ” the Corporation “) with perpetual succession, under the name and style of the “Seva Vanitha Movement of Sri Lanka”, and by that name shall and may sue and be sued in all courts, with full power and authority to have and use a common seal and alter the same at its pleasure.

General objects of the Corporation.

3. The general objects for which the Corporation is constituted are hereby declared to be

(a) to promote national development activities through membership, units, groups and task forces with the collaboration of government agencies, international agencies, institutions, whether public or private, and other organizations;

(b) to develop projects and programmes within the framework of the National Policy and the existing infrastructure, to facilitate the supply of services to the public;

(c) to establish such links as may be necessary between the political leadership and the public and private sectors, to help in solving problems and constraints which act as barriers in the supply of services;

(d) to maintain a record of current public affairs with particular reference to the interests of women, children and youths so as to ensure their physical, mental, moral, religious and social development and to protect them from exploitation and discrimination. ;

(e) to place before the appropriate authorities, the findings of investigations and to seek remedial action;

(f) to promote co-operation and mutual confidence among all members irrespective of race, religion, language. occupation and political opinion to enable women to act as a single group interested in National Development;

(g) to ensure that the women actively participate in development activities outside their homes;

(h) to actively canvass and obtain collaboration of non governmental organizations in its development drive to strengthen and expand formal and non-formal educational institutions, co-operative and social welfare projects and other allied activities;

(i) to conduct surveys and studies and collect data on problems relating to women and children in collaboration with the Women’ Bureau, Children’s Secretariat and Governmental and non-governmental agencies;

(j) to do all such other acts and things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them:

Provided that all such activities shall be initiated and carried out with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Women’s Affairs.

Management affairs of the corporation.


(1) The affairs of the Corporation shall, subject to the rules in force for the time being of the Corporation, be administered by the Working Committee of the Corporation, consisting of such members as may be provided for in such rules and selected in accordance therewith.

(2) The first Working Committee of the Corporation shall be the Working Committee of the Movement holding office on the day prior to the date of commencement of this Act.

Rules of the Corporation.


(1) It shall be’ lawful for the Corporation, from time to time, at any general meeting of the members and by the votes of not less than two thirds of the member present and voting, to make rules, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, or any other written law, for the admission, withdrawal, resignation, retirement or expulsion of members, for keeping the register of members for the conduct of the duties of the Working Committee of the Corporation, and of the officers, agents and servants of the Corporation, for the procedure to be followed in the transaction of business, and otherwise, generally for the management of the affairs of the Corporation and the accomplishment of its objects. Such rules when made may, at a like meeting and in like manner, be altered, added to, amended or rescinded.

(2) Every member of the Corporation shall be subject to the rules in force for the time being of the Corporation.

Accounts of the Corporation.

6. The Working Committee of the Corporation shall cause proper accounts to be kept of all sums of money received and expended by the Corporation, and the accounts of the Corporation shall be examined and audited once at least every year, and the correctness of the Income and Expenditure Account and Balance Sheet certified, by one or more duly qualified auditor or auditors.

Debts due by or payable to the Movement.

7. All debts and liabilities of the Movement existing on the day prior to the date of commencement of this Act shall be paid by the Corporation and all debts due to and subscriptions and contributions payable to the Movement shall be paid to the Corporation.

Application of moneys and property

8. The moneys and property of the Corporation, wheresoever derived, shall be applied solely towards the promotion of its objects set forth herein, and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly, by way of dividend, bonus, or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to the members of the Corporation:

Provided, however, that the provisions or this section shall not prevent

(a) the payment in good faith of reasonable and proper remuneration to any officer or employee of the Corporation or to any member of the Corporation for any services rendered to the Corporation;

(b) the payment of reasonable and proper rent for premises let to the Corporation by any member of the Corporation or by any company of Which a member of the Corporation is a shareholder; and

(c) the reimbursement or repayment of reasonable and proper expenses incurred, with the prior approval of the Working Committee by any member, officer or employee of the Corporation in the performance of his functions or duties or in promoting the objects of the Corporation.

Power of Corporation to hold property.

9. The Corporation shall be able and capable in law to take and hold either as beneficial owner or trustee or otherwise any property, movable or immovable, which may become vested in it by virtue of any purchase, grant, gift, lease, testamentary disposition or otherwise, and all such property shall be held by the Corporation for the purposes of this Act and subject to the rules for the time being of the Corporation, , with full power (subject always to the provisions of ‘any written law relating to trusts and of the relative instrument of disposition) to sell, mortgage, lease exchange or otherwise dispose of the same.

Power to acquire property invest funds and raise loans, &c.

10. It shall be lawful for the Corporation

(a) to purchase, acquire, rent, construct and otherwise obtain lands or buildings which maybe required and lawfully acquired for the purposes of the Corporation and to deal with or dispose of the same as may be deemed expedient with a view to promoting ‘the objects of the Corporation;

(b) to invest any funds not immediately required for the purposes of the Corporation in such manner as the Working Committee may think fit and from time to time to vary and transpose any such investments;

(c) to raise or borrow money for the purposes of the Corporation on any security and to secure or discharge any debt or obligation of the Corporation in such manner as may be thought fit ;

(d) to solicit and receive subscriptions, grants, donations and gifts of all kinds for the purposes of the Corporation;

(e) to construct, alter or’ maintain any buildings required for the purposes of the Corporation;

(f) to subscribe or guarantee money for any charitable purpose;

(g) to undertake, accept, execute, perform and administer any lawful trusts affecting any real or personal property held or owned or to be held or owned in trust for the Corporation or any other charitable association, institution, society or body and any other charitable trusts;

(h) to establish and maintain a headquarters and to establish and organize units in any part of Sri Lanka;

(i) to appoint, dismiss or terminate the services of officers and servants of the Corporation, and to pay them such salaries, pensions, gratuities and allowances as may from time to time be determined by the Corporation;

(j) to establish or contribute to any fund or scheme for the grant of gratuities, pensions. allowances or other benefits to officers or servants, past or present, of the Corporation, or to the relatives or dependents of such persons;

(k) to enter into any contract with any person, company, society or body of persons, whether corporate or unincorporated or any Government department or local authority for promoting the objects of the Corporation ;

(l) to do all other things necessary or expedient for the proper and effective carrying out of the objects of the Corporation.

Seal of the Corporation.

11. The seal of the Corporation shall not be affixed to any instrument whatsoever except on the authority of a resolution of the Working Committee and in the presence of two members of the Working Committee who shall sign their names on the instrument in token of their presence, and such signing shall be independent of the signing of any person as a witness.

Limitation of liability of members.

12. No member of the Corporation shall for the purpose of discharging the debts and liabilities of the Corporation, or for any other purpose, be liable to make any contribution exceeding the among of such membership fees as may be due from her to the Corporation.

Property remaining dissolution

13. If upon the dissolution of the Corporation there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities and property whatsoever, such property shall not be distributed among the members of the Corporation, but shall be given or transferred to the Government of Sri Lanka.

Saving of the rights of the Republic and others

14. Nothing in this Act contained shall prejudice or affect the rights of the Republic, or of any body politic or corporate, or of any other persons, except such as are mentioned in this Act, and those claiming by, from or under them.