National gem and jewellery authority (ngja) act no. 50 of 1993
In the year 1993 Sri Lanka Parliament enacted a new act to establish the National Gem & Jewellery Authority for the development, regulation and promotion of the Gem Industry and the Jewellery Industry; To provide for the establishment of institutions to promote such development, for the repeal the State Gem Corporation Act, No 13 of 1971; And for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
Whereas the regulation of mining for gems and the gem industry and the development of the gem industry and the Jewellery industry is expedient in the public interest, by the establishment of an Authority for that purpose. One other main feature of the NGJA is that jewellery industry too, was taken under the same umbrella for the purpose of promotion and development of the sector. The scope of primary activities vested in the National Gem and Jewellery Authority are below listed for referential convenience.
From the section 14 of the Act No 50 of 1993 the powers and functions to carry out its duties has delegated to NGJA. Following are the main functions presently carried out by the National Gem & Jewellery Authority:
- The promotion and development of the Gem & Jewellery Industry.
- The initiation and implementation of Schemes for the promotion and development of the gem industry and the jewellery industry.