Sri Lanka Eye Foundation (Incorporation)

Sri Lanka Eye Foundation (Incorporation)

WHEREAS An Association of persons called and known as the Sri Lanka Eye Foundation ” has heretofore been established in Kandy for the purpose of carrying out the objects according to the rules agreed to by its members :

AND WHEREAS the said Association has successfully carried out the objects for which it was established and has applied to be incorporated and it will be for the public advantage to grant the application.

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

[26th July
, 1990
short title.

1. This Act may be cited as the Sri Lanka Eye Foundation (Incorporation) Act, No. 26 of 1990.

Incorporation of the Sri Lanka Eye Foundation.

2. From and after the date of commencement of this Act, such and so many persons as now are members of the Sri Lanka Eye Foundation (hereinafter referred to as; the Association”) or shall hereafter admitted as members of the Corporation hereby constituted, including the founder members shall be and become a Corporation with perpetual succession under the name and style of “Sri Lanka Eye Foundation” (hereinafter referred to as; the Corporation”) 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 to change and alter the same at its pleasure.

General subjects of the Corporation.

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

(i) to take necessary steps to prevent blindness ;

(ii) to restore sight to the blind or partially blind;

(iii) to rehabilitate the blind or partially blind to whom sight cannot be restored ; and

(iv) to do such other acts and things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects.

Nothing in section shall be deemed to empower the Corporation to export cornea.

Management of the affairs of the Corporation.


(1) The affairs of the Corporation shall subject to the rule for the time being of the Corporation as hereinafter provided, be administered by a Board of Management (hereinafter referred to as the Board)consisting not less than five members of such members as may be provided for in such rules and elected in accordance therewith, and with power to such Board to delegate any of its powers, duties and functions to one or more sub- committees.

(2) The founder members of the association whose names are set out in the Schedule to this Act shall be deemed to be the members of the first Board of Management of the Corporation.

Register of Membership.


(1) The Board shall cause a register to be maintained in which every person who on the date of commencement of this Act, is a member of the Corporation and every person thereafter duly admitted a member of the Board of the Corporation hereby constituted, shall have his name inscribed.

(2) the register shall contain the following particulars :-

(a) the name, address and occupation of each member of the corporation ;

(b) the date on which the name of the member was inscribed in the register ;

(c) the date on which any person ceased to be a member .

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 majority of the members present and voting, to make rules, not inconsistence with the provisions of this Act, or any other written law, for the admission of members.

(2) It shall be lawful for the Corporation from time to time at any general meeting of the members and by majority of not less than two- thirds of the members present and voting, to make rules not inconsistence with the provisions of this Act, or any other written law for all or any of the following matters :-

(a) the withdrawal or expulsion of members ;

(b) the election, and removal of the board, and conduct of the duties of the Board;

(c) the procedure for the transaction of business of the Board, for the appointment, the conduct of the duties of, and payment of remuneration to the various officers, representatives, agents and servants of the Corporation either in Sri Lanka or abroad and to any other person or persons for services rendered to the Corporation and for the expenditure and disposal of the funds of the Corporation ;

(d) generally, for the management of the affairs of the Corporation.

(3) Any rule made by the Corporation may be amended, altered, added to, or rescinded at a like meeting and in like manner as a rule may be made under subsection (1), pro vided that any such amendment, alteration, addition or rescission shall have received the prior approval of the Board.

(4) The members of the Corporation shall be subject to the rules of the Corporation.

How the Seal of the Corporation is to be affixed.

7. The Seal of the Corporation shall not be affixed to any instrument whatsoever except in the presence of two members of the Board who shall sign their names to the instrument in token of their presence, and such signing shall be independent of the signing of any person as a witness. Any instrument sealed with the seal of the Corporation and signed by two members of the Board shall be presumed to be duly executed.

Power of Corporation to hold property.

8. The Corporation shall be able and capable in law to take and hold, either as beneficial owner or as trustee or otherwise, any property, movable or immovable, upon or by virtue of, any instrument of purchase, grant, gift or lease or upon or by virtue of any 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 said Corporation and upon the trusts and subject to the conditions contained in the relative instrument or disposition, with full power (subject always to the provisions of any written law relating to trusts and of the relative instrument or disposition) to sell, mortgage, lease, exchange otherwise dispose of, encumber or charge, the same.

Quorum for Board meeting.

9. The quorum for a meeting at the Board shall be three and Board meetings shall be held at least once every three months. Due notice of such meetings shall be given to the Board members at least two weeks previously : Provided however, that additional meetings may be called by the Chairman upon on a request made at leant one week prior to the meeting, by at least two Board Members.

Secretary of the Board.

10, There shall be a Secretary to the Board who shall have the custody of the books, files, documents of the Corporation as well as the seal of the Corporation. The Secretary shall act under the direction and control of the Chairman of the Board.

Debts due by and payable to the Association.

11. All debts and liabilities of the Association existing on the day preceding the date of commencement of this Act, shall be paid by the Corporation hereby constituted and all debts due to, and subscriptions and contributions payable to, the Association on that day shall be paid to the Corporation, for the purposes of this Act.

Saving of the rights of the Republic and others.

12. 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 others claiming by, from, or under them.

Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

13. In the event of any inconsistency between the Sinhala and the Tamil texts of this Act, the Sinhala text shall prevail.