Destitute Persons Act
(Chapter 78, Section 9)
Destitute Persons (Welfare Homes) Rules
R 1
G.N. No. S 179/1989

(25th March 1992)
[1st May 1989]
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Destitute Persons (Welfare Homes) Rules.
Composition of Board
2.  The number of members of any Board of Visitors appointed by the Minister under these Rules (referred to in these Rules as the Board) shall be at the discretion of the Minister subject to a minimum of 7 members and a maximum of 12 members at any time.
3.  The Board shall satisfy itself that the health, maintenance, recreation and management of the residents of welfare homes are satisfactory and that efficiency and a good standard are maintained in each welfare home, but shall not be concerned with the general administration of the welfare homes. The Board shall make such recommendations to the Director-General as it thinks fit.
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Tenure of office
4.—(1)  Each member of the Board shall hold office for a period of not more than two years from the date of his appointment and shall be eligible for reappointment on completion of that period if he has not resigned during his period of office or if his appointment has not been revoked by the Minister under paragraph (2).
(2)  The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of any member of the Board.
(3)  A person appointed as a member of the Board shall cease to hold the appointment on his resignation or if he is absent from 3 consecutive meetings without reasonable cause.
(4)  Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the Board shall be filled by a fresh appointment made by the Minister, and the person appointed to fill such vacancy shall hold office for so long as the member in whose place he is appointed would have held office.
(5)  The Board shall not be incapable of acting by reason only of there being any vacancy in the membership of the Board.
5.—(1)  The chairman of the Board shall be appointed by the Minister from amongst the members of the Board.
(2)  The chairman of the Board shall ordinarily preside at all meetings of the Board.
Deputy chairman
6.  A deputy chairman shall be elected by the Board from amongst its members and the deputy chairman shall, in the absence of the chairman, preside at meetings of the Board and when so doing may exercise all the powers and functions of the chairman.
7.—(1)  The Director-General shall appoint a secretary of the Board.
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(2)  The secretary shall not be a member of the Board or vote on any question with respect to any of the functions, duties and powers of the Board.
8.—(1)  Subject to these Rules, the Board shall meet at least once in 3 months and at such place and shall make such arrangements as to the transaction and management of its business as it considers proper.
(2)  At least 7 days' notice in writing shall be given of meetings of the Board and the notice shall be signed by the secretary or such other person as the chairman may authorise in that behalf.
(3)  The quorum at all meetings of the Board shall be 5 members present, including the chairman or in his absence the deputy chairman, and no business shall be transacted or discussed unless there is a quorum.
9.  All questions to be determined at any meeting of the Board shall be decided by a majority of votes, and in the event of there being an equality of votes, the chairman or in his absence the deputy chairman shall have a casting vote.
Staff members of welfare home may be invited to Board meeting
10.  Staff members of a welfare home may attend meetings of the Board at the invitation of the Board.
Visits to welfare homes
11.—(1)  The Board shall arrange, by roster or otherwise, visits by members of the Board to each welfare home at intervals of not less than once a month.
(2)  Members of the Board shall, on every visit, hear any complaint which any resident may wish to make to them.
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